Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], July 8 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Top pediatricians from Sri Ramakrishna Hospital provide a detailed explanation of childhood obesity statistics, the impact of the disease on child health and various interesting ways to control or manage the disease. In India in particular, childhood obesity is a growing global health problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of the most important public health problems of the 21st century is childhood obesity. With 14.4 million obese children, India has the second highest number of obese children in the world, according to a study. Therefore, immediate attention is crucial due to its alarming upward trend and significant health implications. Their movement has been restricted due to strict lockdown regulations, leading people to panic and buy products with longer shelf lives, especially highly processed and high-calorie foods. Additionally, schools were closed in 2020 following a nationwide lockdown that kept children of all ages inside their homes. Schools have embraced the virtual teaching model. Children have become dependent on their mobile devices, laptops and tablets for their day lessons. In order to compensate for meetings and outdoor activities restricted due to confinement standards, they have used virtual modes of communication. However, screen time was not limited to online courses. Indeed, it has been noted that during the pandemic, time spent in front of screens increased by 5 hours. During the pandemic, the feeding frenzy on food and streaming websites has persisted. Due to the lack of activity, more calories were consumed, which increased the weight of the children. Health Impact of Childhood Obesity: Type 2 Diabetes in Children: High blood sugar and poor glucose metabolism are symptoms that cause diabetes in children. Type 2 diabetes is more likely to develop in overweight children and adults. However, through dietary and lifestyle changes, this can be reversed.
Heart disease: Obese children are more likely to develop heart disease in the future due to high cholesterol and high blood pressure. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are caused by eating salty and fatty foods. Heart attacks and strokes are the results. Precocious puberty: Precocious puberty, also called precocious puberty, occurs when a child’s body begins to change prematurely into an adult body. In general, girls begin puberty between the ages of 8 and 13, and boys between 9 and 14. Girls as young as 8 years old are reaching puberty due to obesity. Mobility issues: These children are more likely to experience joint pain and restricted range of motion, but once they begin to lose weight, these symptoms can be reversed and full range of motion can be regained. Let’s debunk the main myths related to childhood obesity: Myth 1: Childhood obesity is controlled by genesFact: Although genes play a role in weight, they are only a small factor. If they eat a healthy diet and exercise, most children can maintain a healthy weight. Myth 2: It’s just baby fat. Children will exceed the weight. Fact: Although it greatly increases the risk, obesity in childhood does not always lead to obesity in adulthood. At Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, specialists offer treatment to treat childhood obesity as well as precocious puberty issues. Additionally, doctors offer treatment to delay or stop the progression of puberty in young children with precocious puberty. The hospital also offers diagnostic procedures and medically approved ways to control obesity in children and help them shed extra pounds in a healthy way. Tips for bringing about change in children struggling with obesity: Changes in eating habits: The first step in the fight against obesity is to get obese children to adopt healthier eating habits. The food you buy will end up in the child’s stomach, so you have to have control over what he eats. Limit the consumption of potato chips, sweets, pop, and other junk items and beverages. Reduce screen time: Children are more likely to be overweight if they spend a lot of time watching TV or playing games on computers, smartphones or other devices. This limits their playing time and snacking increases when they stare at a screen. Encourage a good night’s sleep: Children between the ages of six and twelve need nine to twelve hours of sleep per night. A lack of sleep causes obesity because it forces children to eat more and be less active. Promoting healthy habits: One can improve a child’s understanding of nutrition, provide opportunities for physical activities such as yoga and games that require movement, and provide healthier food options. Get them involved in physical activities: Don’t worry if the kids aren’t players. Instead, encourage them to engage in enjoyable activities to keep them occupied. For example, if they like dancing or any other racquet sport, have them sign up for a class. Save the Child from the Sugar Trap: Bread, canned soups, pasta sauce, pickles, frozen foods, low-fat meals, fast food, and ketchup may contain hidden sugar. Limit the child’s consumption of cookies, candy, and baked goods in favor of introducing fruit-based snacks and desserts. Go all the way with good fats: go for good fats instead of no fats. Not all fats increase body weight. Focus on replacing healthy fats with unhealthy fats rather than trying to eliminate fat from a child’s diet. To protect her child’s health, stay away from trans fats. Childhood obesity is a complicated disease that can lead to lifelong complications. It can be difficult for a parent to watch their child struggle with weight issues. However, no matter how heavy, child support is crucial.
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