I’m sure you are well aware that obesity is becoming a huge problem these days and over the last 30 years childhood obesity has actually doubled. The shocking fact is, if your children grow up on poor diets then they are going to be much more likely to develop quite dangerous health problems when they grow up.
Not only do obese children run the risk of developing serious health issues as they get older but they could start to see immediate effects on their health such as:
• High blood pressure
In the past many of us would have thought of high blood pressure being a problem that only the older generation suffer from, in the days of fast food and increasingly overweight children however, it is actually starting to become a lot more common in children.
High blood pressure, if left untreated, can lead to some very serious conditions such as: kidney disease, heart disease and strokes.
• Bone and joint problems
Carrying extra weight around can put your joints under more pressure and start to wear away at the cartilage which is there to protect the joints.
Losing weight will decrease the extra pressure and stress on the joints and may improve the symptoms of any bone or joint problems.
• Low self esteem
Although not all overweight children will be affected by low self-esteem it can still be a real problem for the ones it does effect.
Some children may even try and avoid going to school as much as possible which obviously will have a rather negative effect on their learning as well as social skills.
Diabetes is a major cause of early death, heart and kidney disease, strokes and even blindness. The most common form is type 2 diabetes (Noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus) which reduces your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels.
Shockingly, overweight and obese people are twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who are not overweight. The good news though, is that you can drastically reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by losing weight and increasing the amount of daily physical exercise.
Not only does eating junk food and having a poor diet effect a person’s health but in the case of children it can also effect their ability to focus in school and while studying which could in turn have a negative effect on their chances of making the most out of their lives when they grow up. The reason for this is that many junk foods will deplete energy levels and the ability to focus, whereas a healthy balanced diet with whole foods and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will help to keep them focused and give them plenty of energy throughout the day to study as well as get plenty of exercise (which is also extremely important).
One of the main contributing factors to obesity is the amount of sugar people are eating. A lot of the time companies will tend to add sugar and salt into their foods which, unless you read the labels on everything you buy you may not even notice how much extra sugar you are consuming. Fizzy drinks also pack in a lot of sugar and these “hidden calories” are a nightmare when it comes to making sure your children are eating healthily and developing in the way they should.
It is also important to remember though, that just because a child is not overweight doesn’t necessarily mean that they are fit and healthy. If a child is not getting enough vitamins and minerals in their diet then they won’t be getting all of the nutrition that they need to grow and develop and they could very easily end up getting similar health issues that overweight children may get but as they do not look overweight or “unhealthy” then it can be harder to spot, which could make it a lot worse in the long run.
So, as you can see the effects of children eating unhealthy food are very real and it is something that needs to be addressed as early as possible because if it is not then the bad habits that your children pick up will be harder to break as they get older. In order for these children to go on to lead a long and healthy life, the time to act is NOW!