Between families having less time to spend together and/or kids spending too much time in front of video games and the TV, it’s not surprising that 1 out of 3 kids is now considered overweight or obese. And while minimal exercise and maximum drive thru dinners may contribute to excess weight or obesity, they’re not the only reasons why a child may be obese. Other factors may include hormones and/or genetics. The first thing to do, if you think your child may be overweight or obese, is to make an appointment for your child with his or her doctor.
And there are other things to consider. Not only is an overweight or obese child’s health at risk but so too is their mental well-being. If a child develops low self-esteem from being overweight or obese, he or she may try and take matters into their own hands. Did you know that overweight or obese children may be more likely to develop anorexia nervosa or bulimia? Overweight or obese children may also be bullied, develop depression, and turn to alcohol or drugs and develop a substance abuse problem. These scenarios may sound drastic, but being overweight or obese can take a toll on anyone, no matter what their age.
Health risks associated with obesity include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. Because of these possible problems associated with child obesity, it’s imperative to be aware and proactive.