Obesity health risks
Is a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Children’s Center for Digestive Health Care / GI Care for Kids, whose books on nutrition for parents led him to start Nutrition4Kids with his co-founders.
Helping your child maintain a healthy weight is very important to help them grow up to be happy, healthy adults.
Learn the best tips and tricks for feeding your kid nutritious foods and make sure your little one gets plenty of physical activity each day! Your child's doctor and dietitian can provide the advice and tools you need to raise your kid in a health promoting environment.
The Health Risks:
- Cardiovascular Disease: 70% of obese youth between 5-17 years old have high cholesterol or high blood preassure
- Diabetes: Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes which increases their risk for developing diabetes
- Cancer: Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gallbladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Children who became obese as early as age 2 are more likely to be obese as adults
- Decreased quality of life: overweight and obese children are at higher risk for developing arthrits, sleep apnea, low self-esteem, social and psychological probelms
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