Childhood Obesity Translating Into More “Adult” Illnesses In Kids
Posted Aug 03 2012 9:05am
From The Los Banos Enterprise…..
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heartburn — these are not diseases of old age anymore.
Doctors in the central San Joaquin Valley are diagnosing children and adolescents in growing numbers with ailments usually seen in adults, and they say childhood obesity is behind the trend.
Chuck Newcomb, a registered dietitian in the Central Valley and Enterprise columnist, told the Merced Sun-Star in the past that parents aren’t setting good examples themselves. Their children could suffer the consequences.
“For a large percentage of the population, what you do as an adult reflects what you always did as a child,” he said in a previous interview. “Many teens are going to end up having the same health problems that adults have.”
Type 2 diabetes used to be found only in adults, but that has changed in recent years. Now the illness is being diagnosed in children, as well, Newcomb said.
To help reverse those trends, children and youngsters must be more aware of what they eat. And they need to stay active, he said.
A 5-year-old weighing 110 pounds and a 10-year-old pushing 260 have the same medical problems as their grandparents: hypertension, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, joint problems, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea, asthma, gallstones and gastro-esophageal reflux.