Health 2006

Monday, June 12, 2006

Did You Know That...

Obese children and adolescents have shown an alarming increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes.

Many obese children have high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, which are risk factors for heart disease.

One of the most severe problems for obese children is sleep apnea (interrupted breathing while sleeping). In some cases this can lead to problems with learning and memory.

Obese children have a high incidence of orthopedic problems, liver disease, and asthma.

Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.


  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger Kate Gase said…

    This is a huge (pun intended) problem, and one that certainly warrants much attention from the public health field. Often, we may judge individuals for being overweight and we fall into the trap of blaming the victim. The truth is our society is almost doomed to fail. When considering obesity, we need to consider the bigger picture. Nutritious, low-fat foods are often inaccessible and costly. Recess and gym classes are being cut out of school days. Soda and candy bars rule the selection in the snack machines. Green space is no longer available, most certainly in low-income areas. Video games and computers are taking over the world; children no longer need to have an imagination to entertain themselves. Gone are the days of being able to send your children outside for hours to play and rough house and not have to worry about them.
    Obesity is not the problem of the individual (especially when we are speaking about children), obesity is the problem of the population as a whole.


  • At 3:38 PM, Blogger K.Joseph said…

    Hopefully the efforts the school system is making by removing soda machines from schools and making physical education a requirement will help curb this growing problem.

  • At 4:42 PM, Blogger Liudmila said…

    I agree that obesity is the problem of the population. But I think that a lot depends on individual behaviour and level of motivation. It is not necessary to join a gym and be in a good shape, instead you can jog around your building or if you lucky enough in a park. Problem with fast food: people do not cook at home, because they do not know how to and do not realize that it is cheaper and more healthy. So, we have to change our way of thinking and gain some useful and healthy skills.


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