Obesity is widespread for many reasons—complex reasons that when they come together they can cause a perfect storm of gaining too much weight, too fast. And this is happening to a lot of children, who then don’t grow out of the weight, and is causing what doctors are calling ‘extreme’ or Category 1 or 2 obesity. These types of obesity are on the rise and cause a lot of health issues like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, bone growth problems, latent bed wetting, problems sleeping in general, and early puberty.
Doesn’t make sense right? Old people have heart attacks not children. However obesity and overweight are strongly linked to CVD, by nearly 60 percent if they are overweight. So by preventing too much weight gain in children you can reduce their CVD risk factors and ultimately CVD as they become adults.
Do you hear your child when they are sleeping? Snoring, heavy or noisy breathing, and gasps for breath are all signs that they are not getting a good nights rest. Childhood obesity is linked to many breathing problems that can leave your child tired, irritable, and not able to think clearly during the day.
Observing your child’s growth pattern is the first step in helping your child. Did you know that most parents don’t recognize obesity in their children. So because you are here, and reading this means that you have broken through one of the biggest barriers in the obesity epidemic—you see your child’s weight gain. You, a parent, has noticed that your child is growing too fast.