Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Obesity

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 03:10 AM
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Definition of Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity by definition is a serious medical condition that affects children
and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or
her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra
pounds often start children on the path to health problems.

Knowing Signs and Symptoms of childhood obesity will increase childrens health.

The following signs can help determine if your child’s weight is in an unhealthy
range and if using portion plates would help.

If your child is asking for something to eat every 30 minutes.
If your child is not staying satisfied for at least 1 hour past a meal or snack.
If your child has a brown ring around his or her neck that cannot be washed
away.
If your child is maturing or reaching puberty prematurely.
If your child snores and or gasps for a breath while sleeping.

Causes of Childhood Obesity

Include but are not limited to:

Diet. Regularly eating high-calorie foods, such as fast foods, fried foods,
bakery items, and vending machine snacks, Loading up on soft drinks
containing sugar, candy and desserts.

Lack of exercise. Children who don’t exercise much are more likely to gain
weight because they don’t burn calories through watching television or
playing video games. Physical activity has to be encouraged.

Family history. If your child comes from a family of overweight people,
he or she may be more likely to put on excess weight, especially in an
environment where high-calorie food is always available and physical
activity isn’t encouraged.

Socioeconomic factors. If many of the groceries you buy are convenience
foods, processed foods, cookies, chips and other high-calorie items, this
can contribute to your child’s weight gain.

Genetic factors and Hormonal imbalances
Associated with Childhood Obesity

If your child has Prader-Willy syndrome, pseudoturmor cerebrie,
hypothyroidism.