Childhood obesity and future health issues; what the NY Times reveals about a problem we can often prevent.
Culturally, many of our children are more sedentary than years ago, while obesity in our young has become a growing problem. Eating healthier foods with less sugar is also important for proper development, yet, many of us likely grew up drinking soda, a product that is not less popular due to its adverse health effects.
Heart disease, liver disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and even stroke risk is markedly increased by childhood obesity as well according to some recent studies.
The good news is that parents today are more aware of how their children should each as we as a society become more health conscious.
Check out the NY Times article concerning this problem and their recommendations of early recognition and how the experts suggest we address this growing concern
The Urgency in Fighting Childhood Obesity
By Jane E. Brody July 5, 2016
Life-threatening ailments like heart disease, cancer, stroke and Type 2 diabetes most often afflict adults. But they are often consequences of childhood obesity.
Two new studies, conducted among more than half a million children in Denmark who were followed for many years, linked a high body mass index in children to an increased risk of developing colon cancer and suffering an early stroke as adults. The studies, presented at the European Obesity Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, this spring, underscore the importance of preventing and reversing undue weight gain in young children and teenagers.
One study, of more than 257,623 people, by Dr. Britt Wang Jensen and colleagues at the Institute of Preventive Medicine, in Bispebjerg, Denmark, and Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, grouped children according to standard deviations from a mean B.M.I., adjusted for a child”™s age and sex.