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6 Long Term Health Complications of Childhood Obesity


Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the U.S. – in fact, according to statistics from the American Heart Association, about 1 in 3-kids and teenagers are overweight or obese according to medically accepted guidelines.

This is a not only a problem for kids now – it’s a problem that can follow them into adulthood, manifesting as both physical and mental issues.  While kids can develop previously “adult” diseases like Type 2 Diabetes while still in their childhood years, they can also develop serious health complications down the road if their lifestyle doesn’t change. Here are six long-term obesity complications…

1. High Blood Pressure

Obesity can affect people of all ages, whereas in the past it was considered a health problem that only affected older adults, explains WebMD. High blood pressure in children can lead to long-term health effects such as heart disease, kidney disease, and strokes.

Meanwhile, the same source explains that while it’s relatively easy to detect high blood pressure in adults (doctors simply compare your readings to a chart), it’s not so easy to determine the problem in children. In the case of kids, doctors use charts based on a child’s gender, height and blood pressure readings to determine if there’s an issue, it adds.

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