- Are you the parent, care giver or family member of an overweight or obese child?
- Are you wondering what can be done to help your overweight or obese child to lose some weight safely?
- Are you tired of fighting your child to change the behaviors and want to understand what is driving the urge to eat the wrong foods?
- Are you wondering where to get professional help to get your child to lose weight safely and effectively without surgery?
- Have you tried everything to get your child to lose weight but cannot seem to succeed?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are at the right place.
Introduction on childhood obesity
- Childhood obesity, just like adult obesity, is a worldwide epidemic that is affecting a significant number of our children.
- In fact, obesity has been recognized as a global threat to the long term survival of the human race as obesity is already leading to significant mortality, morbidity and reduced life span!
- The children of today are considered to be one of the only known generations of humans that are predicted to live less than their parents, thanks to the devastating effect of obesity on life span!
Statistics on childhood obesity
According to the Centers for Disease Control:
- Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years
- The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012.
- The percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.
- As per data from 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
Causes of obesity in children
- Environmental factors
- Lack of physical activity
- Heredity and family
- Dietary habits
- Socioeconomic status
Consequences of obesity in children
Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.
Immediate health effects of childhood obesity:
- Obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
- Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
Long-term health effects of childhood obesity:
- Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults.One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.
- Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
How to measure obesity in children?
- Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors.
- Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.
What is the secret of understanding the true cause of my child’s weight?
- What is causing my child to crave all the sugary or starchy foods? Could there be a metabolic problem such as insulin resistance causing this?
- My child has some thicker or darker lines or patches in the neck(Acanthosis Nigricans). Are these signs of insulin resistance?
- Where can I find a physician trained in reversing the effects of insulin resistance and reduce the long term health risks such as diabetes?
- Did we misunderstand the true cause of weight gain – insulin resistance in our oversimplified approach of “calories in, calories out”?
Why blaming the victim for obesity does not help and can be harmful!
- Are we wrongly blaming the victim when it comes to being overweight or obese without truly understanding the underlying cause of weight gain such as insulin resistance causing the sugar cravings and over-eating to due to metabolic starvation?
Watch this amazing TED talk by Dr Peter Attia of Johns Hopkins on why blaming the obese is blaming the victim
How to help your child lose weight?
It is important to talk with your physician about options for treating childhood obesity. The various treatments of obesity in children and adolescents include:
- Diet therapy
- Physical activity
- Behavior modification
- Certain medications (on a case by case basis)
- Surgery (on a case by case basis)
Where to get professional help to get your child to lose weight safely?
The W8MD physician weight loss centers weight loss physicians are trained in dealing with both adult and children’s weight loss using non-surgical measures using evidence based medicine instead of fad diets.
As our adult and pediatric weight loss physicians are trained to recognize the true causes of weight gain such as insulin resistance, metabolic factors, hormonal factors, stress, medications, lack of proper sleep, sleep apnea, dietary habits etc, our physicians are able to design an individualized weight loss plan that is right for you.
Unlike the nutritionists who often do not understand metabolism, insulin resistance, or the underlying medical causes of weight gain, our physicians can not only understand these but also work with you and your child to reverse many of these causes leading to weight loss!
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