Obesity is a big health concern for every parent today. Kids and toddlers as early as 2 to 3 years of age are being labelled as overweight. Puppy fat and holiday weight can be considered normal to a certain extent; but parents consistently ignoring the signs being under the impression that things will even out as the child grows can indeed affect a child’s future.
Obesity is known to affect physical and emotional aspects of your child’s health. Obese kids are prone to various health problems as they grow on to become adults.
- Obesity in adult life
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Cardio vascular diseases
- Psychological issues – poor self-esteem, low self-confidence, depression, emotional and behavioral problems.
- Increase in repetition of grades and poor academic performance in schools
- Learning disabilities
Chubby looking kids are always a favourite among family and friends and often adored by all. An essential point to be considered here is that how obesity affects your child if taken lightly. Children with additional weight are often picked last for sports or extracurricular activities. They often are a target for fool play and bullying among peers as they enter adolescence. They may be under pressure from their surroundings about their physical appearance which can affect their mindset drastically. Such children develop low self-esteem and go into depressive states. Fear of rejection and dislike of self can lead to withdrawal of social activities making it even more difficult for your child to deal with the problem. Such kids may get into substance abuse and develop obsession to body image leading to eating disorders in later life.
The list is endless as obesity is a pre cursor to many systemic illnesses. However this shouldn’t scare you or put you off as with few minor changes in lifestyle and diet, obesity is excellently managed and preventable. Most children who were obese during their teen years have modified their lifestyle and adopted a healthier way of living with parental support and correct guidance.