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A 24-year-old member asked:

how will childhood obesity affect my child later in life?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Increased risks: Overweight children are likely to become overweight adults, which puts them at risk for a number of medical problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Medical consequences: Medical consequences of childhood obesity are many. Obese kids can get cholesterol plaques in the arteries, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. Liver damage from fatty liver (fat building up inside the liver) starts in teenagers, but heart damage should not appear until adulthood. Other problems include being teased by others and being too out-of-shape to fully participate in games & sports.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the consequences of childhood obesity?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Many harmful effects: Medical consequences of childhood obesity are many. Obese kids can get cholesterol plaques in the arteries, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. Liver damage from fatty liver (fat building up inside the liver) occurs in teenagers, but heart damage should not appear until adulthood. Other problems include being teased by others and being too out-of-shape to fully participate in games & sports.
A 27-year-old member asked:

How big and worrisom of a problem is childhood obesity?

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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Very: Its very serious and getting worse.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How serious of a us problem is childhood obesity?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
VERY: In my opinion, it is one of the most serious health problems ever. 30 years from now we will see the long term problems associated with the children who are obese today. It looks bad............
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A 48-year-old female asked:

Why do people still think it is ok to give candy as reward even with all the childhood obesity?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
More complex!: 2 issues: is it necessary to offer any rewards period? Does offering candy cause obesity? Your question is difficult to comment on since obesity prevention's low lying fruit to chip away at is sugar and processed foods. Portion control, activity, decreased screen time, and a diet with more veggies, fruits, and roots is the rule one should really set. Limits and rules will carry families through.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What's currently being done to reduce childhood obesity?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Childhood obesity: Change in dietary habits in the home. Eating by example. Change in school diets. Emphasis on exercise. A greater awareness in society. Changes will not be obvious in one generation.

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