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Childhood Obesity Center
Children who suffer from obesity also struggle with the psychological and social costs of their weight. They often have low self-esteem as a result of their negative self-image and may be sad, lonely, and nervous and adopt high-risk behaviors as a coping mechanism. Others may view them as unhealthy, lazy, stupid, socially awkward and unhygienic. Typical childhood peer pressure is made worse due to their condition. The individual needs of children can be addressed best with help from a Anaheim childhood obesity center and the doctors and support staff available there.
According to The Lancet, while one can point to genetic predispositions as the cause of the current childhood obesity epidemic, other factors including environmental and perinatal factors may also contribute. Additionally, certain medications may contribute to obesity in children. The publication cites a study by Whitaker and Dietz as the source of the hypothesis that prenatal over-nutrition might affect a lifelong risk of obesity. Too much time watching television, and in front of a computer or video games, not only limits the amount of time children spend in physical (calorie using) activities, but also may lead to the consumption of additional calories.
Long term weight loss is difficult to achieve for children and adults alike. Children face added peer pressure along with emotional and psychological immaturity that present additional obstacles. The health risks to children in their youth and as they get older are severe enough to warrant early intervention to prevent a lifelong risk of diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure issues, breathing difficulties, digestive problems, and painful joints.
Changing diet and increasing exercise are both ways to combat increasing weight in children. A doctor may prescribe medication to help boost metabolism and suppress appetite. As a last result, there are bariatric surgeries that are available options to arrest critical weight issues in children.
If you are researching options for an obese child, you should look first for a bariatric practice that specializes in weight problems in children. The practice should have behavioral therapists as well as nutritional counselors that are familiar with the particular needs of overweight children. Many practices also carry the distinction of being board certified not only in bariatrics but pediatric bariatrics, too. You will want a customized plan for your child that not only works but is manageable for your family as well.
With one-third children in the U.S. currently categorized as overweight or obese, this is a problem that is getting worse, not better. The best course of action for your child and your family is to seek help as soon as possible from qualified medical professionals trained in the individual weight loss needs of children.