Childhood Obesity – The State is Set – A Lifetime of Life Threatening Conditions

Most weight-related health conditions involve time. This is a fancy way of saying that the bad symptoms don’t start showing up right away–they take a while to become apparent. Of course, particularly in the case of childhood obesity, early years of the condition can set things in motion for problems later on. Still, kids don’t usually have as many medical problems result from obesity because they are still young. But the condition in and of itself is definitely a risk factor for later on when adult sized conditions and problems develop. Liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, certain kinds of cancer, diabetes and stroke are all serious possibilities.

Hypertension and high blood pressure are all but synonymous with obesity no matter what your age may be. Some severe medical conditions will not be seen in childhood obesity while others are more likely to surface. High blood pressure is one of the problems that is often seen in kids who are severely overweight or suffer from obesity. Obviously there is physical stress that gets put on the body when a person has excess weight but there is significant psychological stress as well. Kids who are obese are forced to endure both physical and verbal abuse from peers. It build and builds and becomes a very stressful situation for the child which then leads to high blood pressure. Worldwide medical research has confirmed that obstructive sleep apnea is more common in obese children. This specific condition is quite serious because what happens is that the child’s airway gets blocked when he or she is asleep. Obese and overweight children are more prone to snoring but that is slightly deceiving according to those doing the research. Sometimes kids snore because they have what is called OSA or obstructive sleep apnea. The adenotonsillectomy is one possible solution to the problem of sleep apnea in children and teens who are obese.

You already know that there is a horrible social stigma that gets attached to kids and teens who are obese. Going to school every day must be something on par with being tortured for these kids. A person who endures this kind of constant psychological warfare can become scarred for life. Each person will react in some different manner, to be sure. The ripple effect is huge here so it is important that obese people seek counseling so that they will have help dealing with the after effects of this stigma and behavior. “The walking wounded” is a term that is often used to describe kids, teens and young adults who were forced to deal with this condition. This is because obesity ravages both the body and the mind.

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