We all know that childhood obesity is a risk factor for many chronic diseases that develop in adulthood. However, most parents know that obese children and adolescents often have health problems related to weight in childhood.
Medical disorders in obese children
Children whose body mass exceeds the normal limits as established are at risk for these problems:
Obstructive sleep apnea, or blockage of breathing during sleep.
Respiratory problems like asthma and intolerance to exercise sports.
Type 2 diabetes.
High blood pressure.
Bone problems and joint pain.
Elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which are risk factors for cardiovascular problems.
Menstrual irregularities in adolescents.
Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and other psychological disorders.
Feelings of harassment and intimidation.
Early puberty in girls.
Help from parents
Since obesity has dire consequences for the health of children, parents should do everything possible because these achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The most important thing is being a good role model for children: the children to see their parents eating healthy foods, enjoy treats in moderation and exercises practiced systematically.
Shops and restaurants provide nutritional information on food offered there. Do not be afraid to request it when you bring your children, is the only way you can scientifically control what these are carried to the mouth. Try to order dishes or products that combine a balanced protein, carbohydrates and vitamins your child needs.
If your child is already obese, consider talking to a nutrition professional about methods to combat childhood overweight.
In the long term there is also contribution: children reach a healthy weight, not only reduce the risk of developing various diseases, but also be less prone to obesity later in life.
If you feed your child balanced, you foster in him regular exercise and good eating habits, you prevent the onset of disease in childhood and the possibility of further complications as an adult.