Unless you have lived under a rock for the last few years you have at least heard of the epidemic of childhood obesity and while most people assume that the major health consequences for them will come later in life when they are adults new research is showing that there are consequences that they are paying now.
A study led by Neal Halfon, M.D., M.P.H., which appeared recently in Academic Pediatrics looked at over 43,000 kids that ranged in age 10 to 17 and discovered that ADHD, asthma, allergies, and headaches were common health conditions associated with obesity. There were also more ear infections and problems reported with bones, muscles, and joints.
In a particularly vicious cycle 11 percent of obese children have experienced some restriction on how active they could be. They are limited in their ability to participate in exercise or play which limits their ability to lose weight which, of course, can contribute to weight gain and an even greater loss of ability to exercise or engage in physical activities.
The consequences that can come later in the form of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are serious but so are the health consequences that they face now as obese children.