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Health Risks for Children Who Are Overweight

Maggie LaBarbera • RN, MBA • Sep 15, 2012
childhood obesity tips for families

Reading the following statistics can be very alarming for a parent. Although that is not the intent, it is very important that parents realize the long term implications for an overweight child.

Having the family work together to change habits is the key to helping your child take the necessary steps to making healthier choices.


Some Health Facts You Should Know:

  • Obese children are predicted to have shorter lifespan*
  • Many studies state that 70-80% of children who are overweight are expected to be overweight as adults.*
  • Liver disease, heart disease, vascular disease, certain sleep disorders, orthopedic issues, and hypercholesterolemia have been seen in children who are obese.*
  • The statistics are overwhelming; approximately 25% of children who are considered obese have been two or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease.*
  • Obese children are almost 10 times as likely to have high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • It is known that the process of atherosclerosis is established during childhood.*
  • 58% of children diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes are obese.*
  • One in every three children born after 2000 are projected to have diabetes by age 30*


Summary Of Childhood Obesity Related Conditions

Source for information listed below from Surgeon General*

Physical Health

  • Glucose intolerance and insulin resistanceChildhood-obesity-health-implications
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Disorder of lipoprotein metabolism
  • Fatty liver
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Menstrual abnormalities
  • Impaired balance
  • Orthopedic problems

Emotional Health

  • Low self-esteem
  • Negative body image
  • Depression

Social Health

  • Stigma
  • Negative stereotyping
  • Discrimination
  • Teasing and bullying
  • Social marginalization








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Written by Maggie LaBarberaWritten on Sep 15, 2012Last updated on Oct 29, 2013




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