Childhood Obesity 2

Friday, November 13, 2015

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. Dr. Edward Hill discusses obesity in children in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In 2012, about one-third of children in the United States were overweight, and more than half of those children were obese.

Health problems associated with childhood obesity include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, joint pain, asthma, sleep apnea and fatty liver disease.

Obesity affects not just physical health but mental health as well. Children who are obese are more likely to have low self-esteem and a negative body image.

Childhood obesity places kids at risk of serious long-term health issues like heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer and arthritis.

Parents and caregivers can help children have a healthy diet and be physically active.

Help foster good eating habits. Have fresh fruits and vegetables at home for snacks. Offer kids water or low-fat milk to drink. Involve children in planning and preparing meals, and sit down to eat together. And encourage your child to be physically active.

Talk to your childs pediatrician if you are concerned about your childs weight.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.