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Childhood Obesity

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What is Childhood Obesity?

Obesity is said to be the forerunner of various health conditions. What remains the matter of concern is that it is just not adults who are largely affected, but it is now growing like a curse amongst children too.

According to the WHO, childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. They have estimated the number of overweight children to be over 42 million by the end of 2010, of which, around 35 million are living in developing countries. Various studies conducted on the urban Indian children report a high prevalence of underweight and overweight children.

Childhood Obesity

These are just numbers. More important is for parents to realize and protect their child from being unnecessarily malnourished. Yes, over nourishment is also a form of malnourishment. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cholesterol, asthma and orthopedic problems at a younger age whether or not obesity persists into adulthood. Obesity most commonly begins in childhood between the ages of five and six, and increases during adolescence. Studies show that a child who is obese and between the ages of 10 and 13, has an 80 percent chance of becoming an obese adult. Studies indicate that pediatric obesity is the result of persistent adverse changes in food intake, lifestyle, and energy expenditure.

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Help! My daughter was overdosed on steroids at 4yrs old. With in 6months, she was obese. She is now 12yrs and 180lbs at 5'5. She eats healthier than most children, drinks water 90% of time, and plays sports like volley ball, basket .ball. For the past .three .weeks, 3times a week, she ran with the running club. She'd run a mile or warm up, then had 10 mins of sprints with short rests in between, then 15 mins devoted to situps, push ups, other excercise and stretches... She gained ten pounds in those three weeks! She gains weight so easily!!! I am aso stressed about her health. I am 5'8 140lbs, 20% body fat. I cook at home, vegtebles and fruit are main part of our diet with lean meat and light dairy. I RARELY by junk food, and pop is in our house once or twice a year. How do I reverse what the strroids did to her body? What system did they affect to cause this problem?
Jjnelli Sunday, November 4, 2012

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