20 April 2011

Creating Risks Decades From Now - Childhood Obesity

Anyone who knows myself or my children, or has seen photos of us may wonder why this would be a topic I would be so interested in. We are all of a slender build, and fairly healthy. Even so, childhood obesity is a subject that has touched us greatly. We have had several friends over the years that had to deal with this issue. Since we are thin, it seems that we are always being asked questions of what we do to stay thin. Honestly, I am not sure what we do differently, and is a reason why I am so interested in health and nutrition. 
Childhood obesity is something that touches so many people these days. Living in the US, I have seen the effects of it such as clothing sizes changing to accommodate larger children, and car seats sizes increasing. Earlier this year I saw a television program on the BBC America citing childhood obesity leading to such problems there as children not being able to find school uniforms that would fit them. Clearly this is becoming a problem that is spreading throughout the world.
As reported in the Canada Standard, recent studies are discovering that childhood obesity will lead to more costly problems later as adults. The Medical Research Council did a study involving 499 healthy six year olds. Their study revealed that they had an overall larger bone structure than has been seen in the past. This larger bone structure was further tested and revealed to have a lower bone density than normal due to not getting enough of the necessary minerals to make the larger bones as strong. 
As most of our bone mass is developed in childhood, and childhood bone density and strength directly affects bone strength later in life, this can lead to possible problems as adults. Some of the things they will be at risk for as the age are bone fractures, hip problems, and osteoporosis. 
Although children seem to have limitless energy, it is becoming increasingly clear that teaching them healthy eating, sleeping, and exercising habits when they are young is critical to their overall health as adults. It is never too late in life to make changes to improve your health, but wouldn't it be wonderful to give the gift of good health to our children, rather that the problems of "age related disease"?
If you think you remember reading this before, you may have seen my similar article at RedGage.com

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