3 Ways Childhood Obesity Can Affect Learning

A study out of the Medical University of South Carolina found a link between adolescent obesity and decreased learning. And because adolescents are still in the developing stage, losing weight may be able to at least stop the trend and even possibly reverse it to some extent.

One decrease in learning, as evidenced by IQ test scores, is due to a condition known as adolescent sleep apnea. Just like in adults, obese children with this condition actually stop breathing while sleeping. While each episode may only last up to 10 seconds, it can occur hundreds of times each night in a child with this condition.

Studies have found the decrease in learning is due to two results from breathing cessation: lack of oxygen to the brain and lack of quality sleep. When the child is not breathing, oxygen is not getting in the lungs, entering the blood stream and being distributed to the brain. With a lack of oxygen over time, injury to existing brain tissue can occur along with affectin

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A Look At The Short And Long Term Effects Of Childhood Obesity

Most parents are not overly concerned about their young children being overweight. They tend to dismiss it as “puppy fat” – something that will melt away in time as their children grow. Is that right or is childhood obesity something to worry about? While in some cases, this may happen, it is not necessarily true. Some children find it difficult to lose that excess weight and very often they grow up to be overweight teens and adults.

Several studies that have been done have reached some significant conclusions about childhood obesity and its short and long term results.

How Obesity Affects Children In The Short And Long Term

In the short term, children who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for a wide range of ailments including but not restricted to the following:

• Cardiovascular disease

• High blood pressure

• Sleep apnea

• High cholesterol


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How Do We Fight Childhood Obesity?

Obesity is one of the fastest growing diseases to affect children today. Being an overweight child can contribute to many other health issues. The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that there is a high probability that an overweight child will become an overweight adult. It is the job of our local communities and national organizations to educate and prevent future health problems stemming from Obesity from occurring.

Diseases, such as Hypertension and Diabetes, have been directly linked to Obesity. Other disorders, like Hypothyroidism and Asthma can also contribute to Obesity in children. If their thyroid gland if not functioning correctly, then their overall body functioning will be decreased. A respiratory disorder can also decrease the proper functioning of the human body, causing children to breath with difficulty and move sluggishly. If children are too tired to exercise or complete their daily activities, they will gain weight. An overweight child has proba

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The Number One Cure for Childhood Obesity

It is no secret that childhood obesity is fast becoming an epidemic. Last estimated by statistics Canada in 2011; 1.6 million children were overweight or obese. When obesity levels rise, our children face a sick future. Chronic yet very preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and Type 2 diabetes are increasingly becoming an everyday reality.

Self-sacrificing parents spend their precious time packing healthy lunches for kids while feeling too pressed for time to cook for themselves. Whilst they encourage participation in fun fitness activities for their kids, the parents themselves wait in the bleachers, sit on the sidelines, and prove that, for adults, a sedentary lifestyle is the norm.

Every aspect of a child’s personality is heavily influenced by what he or she sees and experiences from an early age. Eating and exercising habits are no different. That is why there is only one true cure for childhood obesity. Parents must lea

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Reducing Childhood Obesity With Home Cooking

If you are a parent, or are planning to become one, you can’t help but be concerned about the childhood obesity crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, childhood obesity has more doubled in the last three decades; for adolescents it has quadrupled. In real terms this means that over a third of children and adolescents are either overweight or obese. These are frightening statistics.

If you want to prevent your children from becoming obese or overweight, one effective way is to cook more meals at home.

Cooking to Lose Weight:

It might seem counter-productive to suggest that cooking more of the food that your children eat can help them to lose weight. After all, most weight loss plans are all about restricting food, right? Well, that’s not always the case.

In order to fight childhood obesity, it helps to understand that it is often caused by kids eating too much processed ‘fast’ food (high

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The Effects of Childhood Obesity on Learning

There are many things that can create learning problems for children. Learning disabilities, medical disorders and stress can each play a role. So can obesity.

Bullying: There are a lot of things that can make a child a target for bullies. Most of us had a run in with them about something. I wore glasses and was skinny, so I got called four eyes and bean pole. The same is true of the overweight and/or obese child.

This teasing creates either a concentration on rectifying the matter or a resort to comfort foods… or both. It’s hard to concentrate on class if the mind is occupied with other activities such as avoiding bullies.

Self-esteem: The overweight child can see it in the mirror. It’s obvious when it’s time to shop for school clothes. It’s whispered on the playground. This inhibits self-esteem. Those with low self-esteem think that they will never be able to do anything right and may feel like &#

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How to Manage Childhood Obesity

Even teenagers and young children these days do find themselves asking the question “Why am I overweight?” According to experts, incidence of childhood obesity is continuously increasing. With busy parents who are not so much involved with their children’s extra-curricular activities, it can be quite difficult to find time to make sure that your children is getting the proper nutrition he needs.

Childhood obesity can result to physical health and mental problems. A child who is suffering from obesity is much more likely to have a low self-esteem as compared to a child who has an ideal weight. Now if you think there is nothing you can go about it, then you are mistaken. Parents, for one, can help improve their children’s health and get their weight under control.

So, why am I overweight? The first step to dealing with childhood obesity is communication. Parents must approach their children and talk about the importance of getting their ideal weig

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Childhood Obesity – Taking Growth Into Account

Being overweight is difficult enough for a child. Adding a low calorie diet to it can be more than just uncomfortable. Without help it could also be unhealthy.

Standard Adult Diet Rules: It’s fairly simple. Calories in need to be lower than calories out. There are some foods that ought to be avoided and exercise is needed both to help with the calories and to tone the body. That’s not necessarily what a child needs.

All Kids are Different: Actually, it’s the same for anyone. We all have differences in metabolism, insulin amounts and so forth. Children are much the same but add on that they don’t all grow at the same age. One child may have a huge growth spurt at eight and another might not until ten.

Pediatrician: The first thing that needs done for an overweight child is a complete checkup. This should probably include blood tests. Some disorders cause weight gain. The doctor can also gi

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Childhood Obesity Dangers

Childhood obesity is a serious medical problem. Children, who are obese, often end up developing major health problems later in life. In addition, they usually have low self-esteem, body image issues, and suffer from depression.

Symptoms Of Childhood Obesity

It is important to realize that not all children who have a few extra pounds are obese. Some kids tend to have larger body frames and each child has different amount of body fat at different development stages. Hence, it will not be possible to look at your child and determine that they are obese or overweight.

A doctor is best placed to check your child’s weight and height, and see whether they are proportionate. The doctor will also calculate your child’s BMI (body mass index), and perform other tests to determine whether your child is obese.

Issues And Problems Due To Childhood Obesity

Your child can suffer physically, emotionally and socially du

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Childhood Obesity: The Overlooked Epidemic

Community health is a very important topic that gets overlooked by both citizens and politicians. We put our trust into government officials to find cures and solutions to our health issues, but fail to look at the source of these issues. If we want to make a change in community health we must look at the core of the problem and focus more on primary prevention rather than tertiary prevention techniques. With the majority of our community health issues being preventable diseases, in order to prevent them we must eradicate the cause.

Childhood obesity is constantly on the rise and we have failed to do anything about it. Of course there have been numerous attempts to reduce the obesity rate in children but these attempts are more focused on secondary and tertiary prevention. We are focusing too much on reversing the effects of obesity and not enough time on preventing obesity in the first place. If we inform our community of the health risks that they are entering when they are

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