Childhood Obesity – The Bleak and Harsh Outlook for The Future

There has been a steady increase in childhood obesity in the United States and it continues to baffle and confound professionals of every stripe. Of course, it doesn’t help matters that almost all liquid beverages (and even solid foods) sold within the United States contain high levels of high fructose corn syrup. But that can keep for another time. Obese children almost seem like they never had a chance at life, and we feel that is a sad testimony. These kids already suffer from a bunch of problems ranging from back pain to arthritis to Type II diabetes and, of course, bullying. This is a hard and terrible subject and we’ll look at it some more in this article.

Type II diabetes is worth mentioning because it is up at the top of the list in terms of likelihood of occurring in kids, teens and even adults. Obviously, it kind of makes sense that it has the possibility of developing. This specific kind of diabetes is different than Type I because it can be prevented sometimes. Primary risk factors for this kind of diabetes are weight issues like obesity and a prolonged sedentariness. What happens with those who are obese is the extra demand placed on the body to produce more insulin. This is because there are more cells that need it. Then, as time goes on, the body starts to resist the insulin and that’s when Type II occurs.

Perhaps one of the oldest expressions out there is that kids are cruel. Most of us have experienced this in some form when we were kids. Kids who suffer from obesity are a lot more likely to have to deal with lots of teasing and, often, being humiliated verbally. It is a marvel how kids who have to go through that can get through all those years of it without losing their sanity. We all know the possible consequences of such chronic abuse. The list of conditions this kind of constant psychological abuse can cause is a long one.

Researchers still don’t know if there is a direct correlation between obesity and early onset puberty which is more common in girls than in boys. Obviously, though, there is also some common sense in looking at what we already know. For example, it is widely known that kids who are overweight or obese grow faster and enter puberty earlier. It is a situation, though, in which definite causation needs to be defined. While this is obviously not a really serious threat to the health of obesity related conditions there are definitely issues that can be related to the early onset of puberty. The serious issue of obesity in young children and teens is one that will actually effect everybody. It is also important to look at this from the viewpoint of cost to the overall society. Obese children are more likely to grow up to be obese adults and the costs associated with medical treatments, etc is astronomical. So this is honestly a societal problem even though that is not how most people think of it.

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