The number of obese children has increased tremendously in this decade. This is the case in almost all the developing countries. The number is almost tripled when compared to that of the past decade. With the sudden rise in the obesity rate among the children there is a need to create awareness among the people about the different kinds of health risks associated with obesity. If obesity is not curbed now the younger generation may face many difficulties in terms of their health in the long run.
Why are children becoming obese?
Obesity is an adult disease which is seen when the elder ones do not take part in any kind of physical activities. But obesity is also seen among the children of this generation because of the kind of life style adopted by them. The ever busy parents do not restrict these kids from consuming foods that are not good for the health. Lured by the advertisements promoted by several food outlets these children insist their parents to take them to these places. Parents also find these places handy as they do not have to spend time on preparing the food. But the foods prepared at such places contain several unhealthy ingredients like saturated fats, highly refined carbohydrates, sodium and sugars. All these ingredients are of very high calorific value and have no nutrition in them. These baggages of calories only add up to the weight of the kids.
Another reason for the sudden increase in the child obesity rate is no physical activity. A majority of the kids spend their time in front of the TV and computers. Even the schools are insisting only on studies. Gone are the days when sports were considered equivalent to studies. These children are not even allowed to walk for some distance. Personal vehicles and school buses hardly give them a chance to walk. Even the parents are happy with the idea of their kid remaining indoors as there is no possibility of them getting hurt. These parents are just not aware of the consequences that the child is going to face if he does not participate in any kind of physical activity. Because of no physical activities and the consumption of the high calorific food more and more children are getting obese.
What kind of health risks is seen among the obese children?
Obese children are vulnerable to several health risks. One major threat is that these obese children grow up into obese adults. The common belief among the people that baby fat can be shed after growing up is proved to be a myth by the scientists. A survey conducted by these scientists has shown that 8 out of 10 obese adults were also obese in their childhood. Other effects of childhood obesity include the following:
Diabetes- Diabetes is an adult disease. But the shocking thing is that many doctors have agreed that the most of the diabetic patients are children these days. Because of the excess fat present in the body, the insulin is rejected by the body cells because of which the glucose is not accepted by them. This condition is medically termed as insulin resistance. Because of this insulin resistance the glucose remains in the blood. As a result the blood glucose levels in the body shoot up. This is called Diabetes. Curing diabetes is very difficult.
Heart attack- Heart attacks were only seen in case of our old grand parents. But these days even are children are getting heat strokes. The fat deposition in the arteries builds up a kind of pressure on the heart because of which it pumps blood with more pressure. Because of this strain the heart experiences stroke. Obese children also suffer from high blood pressure because of the same reason.
Other obesity diseases seen are deposition of fat in the arteries, bulimia, orthopedic disorders, liver problems, blockage leading to respiratory problems, sleep apnea, cardiomyopathy, Pickwickian syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Gout and gouty arthritis, Gallstones, Cancer, Congestive heart failure, Stroke (cerebrovascular accident or CVA), High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), High blood pressure (hypertension), etc.
This shows that childobesity has a great impact on the health of the kids. If this is not prevented it may even endanger the life of the kids.