Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Shocking Truth About Childhood Obesity

by J.J. Yong

If you think only adults should be concern about their weight, then think again. As statistics show that obesity in children are increasing at an alarming rate all over the world especially in the United States, it is indeed time for you to not only worry about your weight but your kids too.

So here's the plain old truth, obesity is actually caused by a few factors. Putting genes and hereditary fallouts aside, an individual's calorie consumptions that exceeds the amount burnt through physical activity is the main contributor to the excessive baggage on one's body. Aside from that, the lack of exercise is also another existing factor as well. When a child spends hours in front of the television and computer, he is bound to develop couch potato habits and snack on sugary treats and drink sodas while doing no exercise at all. And this is how a child gains weight which would lead to the scary but common condition of obesity.

Children who are obese may suffer severe weight problems, contact gall bladder and liver disease, sleep disorder and even increase in cholesterol at such an early age. They are also prone to contact asthma. As many studies would show, boys are more prone to developing these serious diseases in comparison to girls.

If the condition is prolonged, the child would have an uncomfortable life of always being taunted, teased and placed at the risk of bad health conditions. Also, some may even fall into depression and loneliness as well.

To sum it up, obesity in children has become more and more serious and we should take note about it and try to put a stop to it. So learn childhood obesity prevention by limiting your child's television and gaming time while encouraging outdoor activities by letting them go to the park everyday and join sports teams in school and so on.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Childhood obesity link to parents

Like father, like son -- new research points to gender relationships between parents and their children as vital factor in childhood obesity
The relationships between children and their parent of the same gender in the earliest years of life could be the key to understanding why some young people become obese and others do not, new research conducted by the EarlyBird Diabetes Study has shown.

A study published today in the International Journal of Obesity indicates that girls whose mothers are classified as clinically obese are significantly more likely to struggle with weight problems in childhood, with a similar relationship existing between obese fathers and their sons.

The findings showed that the same trend does not exist between mothers and their sons and fathers and their daughters – meaning that behavioural, rather than genetic, factors could be the key to unravelling the causes of the current obesity epidemic affecting children in the UK.

The Study's Director, Professor Terry Wilkin said:

"Any genetic link between obese parents and their children would be indiscriminate of gender. The clearly defined gender-assortative pattern which our research has uncovered is an exciting one because it points towards behavioural factors at work in childhood obesity.

"These findings could turn our thinking on childhood obesity dramatically on its head. Money and resources have focussed on children over the past decade in the belief that obese children become obese adults, and that prevention of obesity in children will solve the problem in adulthood. EarlyBird's evidence supports the opposite hypothesis – that children are becoming obese due to the influence of their same-sex parents, and that we will need to focus on changing the behaviour of the adult if we want to combat obesity in the child."

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Overweight kids 'experience more depression, loneliness, anxiety'

A new study by University of Missouri researchers has found that overweight kids, especially girls, show signs of the negative consequences of being overweight as early as kindergarten.

These negative results may include depression, anxiety and loneliness.

"We found that both boys and girls who were overweight from kindergarten through third grade displayed more depression, anxiety and loneliness than kids who were never overweight, and those negative feelings worsened over time," said Sara Gable, associate professor of human development and family studies in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences.

The study was published in Applied Developmental Science.

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