A 45-year-old member asked:
does obesity impact children more negatively than it does adults?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Tanya Russo answered
24 years experience Pediatrics
In many ways: Children have the capacity to develop more fat cells until late childhood. After that, fat cells can get larger. So, an obese child will struggle more with weight loss as an adult than an adult who was a thin child. Additionally, the extra weight is particularly hard on the developing weight bearing joints, heart, lungs and self esteem. In my opinion, not addressing child obesity is abusive.
Answered on May 31, 2016
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