The symptoms of childhood obesity are as follows:
High cholesterol and high blood pressure: a child can develop high blood pressure or high cholesterol because of a poor diet. This can also lead to heart attacks and strokes later in life.
Diabetes: type 2 diabetes is commonly linked to obesity. Children who do not get enough exercise are prone to developing diabetes as they age.
Metabolic syndrome: this causes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides and low HDL (good cholesterol).
Asthma: children who are overweight are more likely to have asthma, sleep disorders, sleep apnea and other disorders linked to childhood obesity.
Early puberty or menstruation: childhood obesity can cause hormonal imbalances that lead to an early onset of puberty.
We often tend to forget the importance of emotional complications among children who have childhood obesity. Some of them are listed below.
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