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Youth Troubles (2) – Obesity & The Shape of Things to Come

August 12 is International Youth Day. This week we look into the troubles and struggles of the youth du jour.

This week’s feature “Youth Troubles” will look into works of art on the internet that address these concerns.

Today we look into obesity & the shape of things to come.
“Supersize me” ordered the McBaby.
The Shape of Things to Come
“If not Now Then When”
Art by John Isaacs 

What is obesity? 
Info Source

A few extra pounds does not suggest obesity.  However they may indicate a tendency to gain weight easily and a need for changes in diet and/or exercise.  Generally, a child is not considered obese until the weight is at least 10 percent higher than what is recommended for their height and body type.  Obesity most commonly begins between the ages of 5 and 6, or during adolescence.  Studies have shown that a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80 percent chance of becoming an obese adult. 

What causes obesity? 
Info Source

The causes of obesity are complex and include genetic, biological, behavioral and cultural factors.  Obesity occurs when a person eats more calories than the body burns up.  If one parent is obese, there is a 50 percent chance that their children will also be obese.  However, when both parents are obese, their children have an 80 percent chance of being obese.  Although certain medical disorders can cause obesity, less than 1 percent of all obesity is caused by physical problems.  

Obesity in childhood and adolescence 
can be related to:

  • poor eating habits
  • overeating or binging
  • lack of exercise (i.e. couch potato kids)
  • family history of obesity
  • medical illnesses (endocrine, neurological problems)
  • medications (steroids, some psychiatric medications)
  • stressful life events or changes (separations, divorce, moves, deaths, abuse)
  • family and peer problems
  • low self-esteem
  • depression or other emotional problems

Read more about the Risks, Complications, Management and Treatment of Obesity Among Children and Teens

She is now slowly recovering from childhood obesity.

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