Obesity in Children Health (cont.)

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Prognosis of Obesity in Children and Adolescents

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Some health problems are much more likely to affect obese children than nonobese children.

  • Asthma, especially severe asthma
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart failure
  • Liver problems ("fatty liver")
  • Bone and joint problems in the lower body
  • Growth abnormalities
  • Emotional and social problems
  • Breathing problems such as sleep apnea
  • Rashes or fungal infections of the skin, acne

Obese children also are much more likely to have these and other obesity-related health problems in adulthood:

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American Obesity Association

This group itself is not for profit but it is made up of several types of sponsors, including professional groups (such as the American College of Nutrition), health insurance interests, for-profit companies (such as drug and biotechnology companies), and commercial entities (such as Jenny Craig, Inc. and Weight Watchers, Inc.). The group's purpose is to change the way obesity is perceived and to end discrimination against obese people, as well as to find more effective strategies for preventing and "curing" obesity. The group lobbies, advocates, and educates to achieve these goals.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2012

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