Obesity-Signs That One Must Look For   



Obesity-Signs That One Must Look For

 

While eating is essential for children, parents must look out for signs that may lead to obesity. 

This includes tucking into large portion sizes, gorgers who eat large amounts in one meal, love for high fat foods and sweet drinks, snacking while watching television and high fat snacks. 


The other sign to look out for is their daily activity pattern. Preschool years in particular are crucial for obesity prevention due to the timing of the development of fat tissue, which typically occurs from ages of 3 to 7. 
If Body Mass Index or BMI increase begins before ages 4 to 6, studies have suggested that children face a greater risk of obesity in adulthood. 

Researcher says over the last two decades, many studies undertaken by university that Malaysians are largely a sedentary lot with a low level of physical activity.  
With food available almost around the clock, it becomes even more conducive to obesity.

With no exercise and excessive food intake, it is basically a recipe for disaster, warn by researcher. 

Although lifestyle habits remain the ,most likely cause of childhood obesity, researcher says certain genetic disorders as well as some endocrinological conditions such as hypothyroidism, Cushing disease and hypothalamic tumors, can cause weight gain. However, these are extremely rare.

Obesity can cause various medical, social and psychological problems. 

Abnormal amount of lipids in the blood or dyslipidemia, hypertension and insulin resistance are frequently seen in obese children. 

Elevated serum lipid and lipoprotein levels, blood pressure and plasma insulin in childhood are all carried over into adulthood. 

Orthopaedic complications are also common. The more serious of these include Blount's disease - a bone deformity resulting from overgrowth of the tibia (shin bone). 

Other serious complications that have been reported in obese children include obstructive sleep apnea which can cause hypoventilation and sudden death. 

Researcher also says that the most common consequence of obesity in children is poor psychosocial functioning. 

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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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