Thursday, July 19, 2007

Childhood Obesity: Physical Effects

Copyright (c) 2007 Gurion Blattman

Obesity can be a problem as early as kindergarten for some children. Children who suffer from obesity will most likely endure a lifelong struggle with physical and emotional consequences.

Physical effects of obesity in children include difficulty keeping up with physical activities, problems sleeping, and trouble with breathing. Not only are obese children more often affected by asthma, they also have problems with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is being recognized with more frequency as the incidence of pediatric obesity rises. Clinically significant effects on learning and memory function have been documented in children with obstructive sleep apnea as a consequence of obesity. (Must, Aviva, Ph.D., ET AL, 2003 "Effects of Obesity on Morbidity in Children and Adolescents" Nutrition in Clinical Care, p. 8).

Childhood obesity clearly impacts the health of the growing child. Furthermore, it is considered an important disease because of its link to long-term health problems including type II diabetes, hypertension, some forms of cancer, lack of energy and asthma. The incidence of type II diabetes in children is expected to grow in parallel with the rise in obesity. Onset diabetes in childhood is a predictor of early onset of diabetes complications including cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and amputations (Must, p. 131). Approximately 60% of overweight five to ten year old children experience at least one associated biochemical or clinical cardiovascular risk factor, such as hyperlipidemia, elevated blood pressure, or increased insulin levels, and 25% have two or more (Koplan, JP, Deitz WH., "Calorie Imbalance and Public Health Policy" The Journal of the American Medical Association, 1999. p 1579).

Children from lower income families are at a greater disadvantage because the majority of this population resides in neighborhoods with intimidating playgrounds. Concerned with street safety, children are often kept inside by parents and they tend to spend more time in front of the television or playing video games.

Playgrounds in lower income neighborhoods tend to be filthy, with broken bottles, trash and graffiti covering the park. Although the playground has basketball courts, swings and jungle gyms, they are generally not child friendly. The parks are usually populated with young adults hanging out, intimidating the younger children. This is not a safe environment for children to play in and not one in which children could safely play unsupervised.

Schools are contributing to childhood obesity by failing to make physical education an important part of the curriculum. Children don't get enough exercise at school. Time allotted for gym is inadequate and infrequent. Teachers can try to compensate by providing their classes with additional outside play time. The physical education program is extremely vital and deserving of more attention.

Implementation of after school programs that emphasize physical activities such as kickball and basketball should be a priority. There is a need for an after school athletic program at the elementary level to augment the physical education program and provide a safe, healthy environment for lower income children as well. This would be a benefit for children as well as parents, and an important factor in reducing obesity in children.


About the Author
Gurion Blattman is a lifelong athlete and fitness expert with over 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry. A graduate of Northeastern University, he is a Certified Professional Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is based in Darien, Connecticut. For more information or for a complimentary consultation contact info@gurionblattman.com. http://www.gurionblattman.com

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Childhood obesity- Dangerous for future

by Kathe Gomes


Childhood obesity is a serious problem, not only in United States but this disease is spread all over the world. Right now out of five two children are suffered from obesity. It is a serious matter because obesity gives rise to numbers of diseases like heart attack, breathing disease, blood pressure etc. Obese children not only suffered from these disease but the physical capabilities of these children also decreases. For example such children may not be able to run fast as normal child. Some times when the children suffered from morbid obesity, not capable to do their own daily work.

Medical science also do research on childhood obesity and provide some solutions. But as other treatment these treatment have some positive and some negative effects. This depends to on child which effect he/she like more and the condition of obesity.

Some doctors suggest diet pills for the treatment of obesity but diet pills have lot of side effects. Generally these are safe for adults as their body is fully developed and capable to come over the side effects of diet pills. Diet patches are also popular. In this treatment diet patches are pasted on the body parts where fat is more, like abdomen. Sliming belts are also available in market, to reduce weight through sliming belt the patient have to wear belt on the abdomen or stomach for some time duration. This treatment also has lot of side effects. Surgeries also used to remove obesity. These surgeries are some costly but have exiting results. These surgeries include bariatric surgery, lap band surgery, abdominiplasty, tummy tuck etc.

The other treatments for weight loss are water therapy, magnetic therapy, yoga, exercise, physical fitness machines, running, jobbing, dieting. These all methods are capable for reducing weight but only you have to decide which is best for your health and body. That is the best solution for losing weight.

Before choosing any weight loss method children must consult their parents and doctor first then after move for the treatment.


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Kathe Gomes is the author of http://www.lapbandslim.com and publish articles, journals and press release on lap band surgery.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

A healthy well-balanced diet

A healthy well-balanced diet
If you are concerned about your child's weight, encourage a variety of fresh, nutritious foods in his or her diet.

Starchy foods which are rich in complex carbohydrates are bulky, relative to the amount of calories they contain. This makes them both filling and nutritious. Sources such as bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and chapatti should provide half the energy in a child's diet.

Instead of high-fat foods like chocolate, biscuits, cakes and crisps, try healthier alternatives such as fresh fruit, crusty bread or crackers.

Try to grill or bake foods instead of frying. Burgers, fish fingers and sausages are just as tasty when grilled, but have a lower fat content. Oven chips are lower in fat than fried chips.

Avoid fizzy drinks that are high in sugar. Substitute them with fresh juices diluted with water or sugar-free alternatives.

A healthy breakfast of a low-sugar cereal (eg wholemeal wheat biscuits) with milk, plus a piece of fruit is a good start to the day.

Instead of sweets, offer dried fruit or tinned fruit in natural juice. Frozen yoghurt is an alternative to ice cream. Bagels are an alternative to doughnuts.

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