Dalewood Health Clinic Weight Loss Management for Children
Overweight children are rampant nowadays, in U.S. one-third of the children are considered overweight or obese, and this number is continuing to rise. Overweight children may not pose serious health problems compared to adults. However, this not a reason to let your children be overweight or obese.
A great percentage of overweight children experience daily teasing, bullying, or rejection is because of their size. The number doubles when children enter high school, making the life of the overweight children quite hard.
Obesity and overweight are defined as the excessive accumulation of fat in the body that presents a risk to the health of the individual. Being obese pose a serious risk to the physical and emotional health of children.
What causes obesity in children? There are many reasons for a child to be obese, the most common causes are the lack of physical activity, inheritance, unhealthy eating patterns, or a mixture of these factors.
Obesity can be determined using BMI but unlike in adults, determining obesity in children is by using BMI-for-age percentiles. You cannot directly measure children’s obesity using BMI only; you must calculate first BMI and then plot in on the BMI- for-age percentile graph to discern the child’s weight status.
Obese or overweight children may likely have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. A study found out that 70 percent of overweight or obese children had at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor, while 39 percent had two or more.
Obese children have a higher risk of impaired glucose tolerance and more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Breathing problems like sleep apnea and asthma are also observed in overweight children. Joint and Musculoskeletal discomfort is also present. Fatty livers disease, gastro-esophageal reflux, and gallstones are at risk.
Overweight children pose a greater risk of social and psychological problems, like poor self-esteem and discrimination, which can continue until they are adults. Obese or overweight children are more like to retain their obesity until they are adults. Adult obesity is associated with more serious health conditions.
According to Professor Philip James, chairman of the International Obesity Task Force the biggest global burden for the world is dietary in origin and is due to low physical activity levels. World Health Organization (WHO) states that by the year 2020 obesity will be the single biggest killer on the planet.
Dalewood Health Clinic emphasize that not only children who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk of potential medical problems, they are also susceptible to poor self-esteem, feeling of isolation, impaired socials skills, depression, behavior and learning problems that result from psychological difficulties related to children obesity, and higher levels of stress and anxiety.
Meanwhile, several studies support the claim that obese children are prone to psychological disorders like the study of David A. Kats and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin- Madisson wherein their results confirm that clinical depression is highest in obese people.
Additionally, a study from Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) indicates that obese people tend to have three to four times higher risk to develop depression compared to non-obese individuals.
An author, Professor Marianne Sullivan and her team from Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden says that depression similar to chronic pain is manifested in obese people.
Obesity and overweight are serious matter in children and parents should be the one to make a major step to solve this emerging problem before it is too late, So what can parents do to help their children overcome obesity and have an appropriate weight? Dalewood Health Clinic may help you with the problem.
Dalewood Health and Wellness is an extended work of conveniently located Patient Access In- Take Centres (PAICS) established by the original founders Maloterk Health Services and is already a five-year-old health services company that merged with Enthrive Inc. 5 years ago.
Dalewood uses the latest science protocols and principles of health management together with an experienced network of health professionals to ensure in helping you regain control over your weight and health.
Programs under Dalewood Health Clinic have been developed to help you manage your health and weight loss in the most effective and safest manner without forbidding foods and a restrictive diet.
Dalewood Health Clinic provides free services to overweight children between the ages of 5-12 years as long as the parents are enrolled in any weight loss or weight management programs.
Overall, Dalewood Health Clinic ensures that both the parents and their children will benefit from their programs.