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
Abnormal amount of lipids in the blood or dyslipidemia,
hypertension and insulin resistance are frequently seen in obese
Elevated serum lipid and lipoprotein levels, blood pressure and
plasma insulin in childhood are all carried over into
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.