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Self esteem and childhood obesity

Posted Sep 14 2009 10:36pm

It most likely goes without saying and may even be common sense to many of us, but it is a known fact that low self esteem is tied in to weight problems present and future.  A recent article published in BBC NEws stated that in a British study of 6500 participants followed 20 years later, it was found that "10 year olds with lower self esteem tend to be fatter as adults", particularly true for girls.  And not only low self esteem, but also feelings of being out of control or anxious also led to weight problems as adults ... and, an eye-opening realization is that  these were not deeply emotional people but their emotions were reported to be within normal range! 

BBC news: Low self-esteem leads to obesity

It should, therefore, be highlighted, that early intervention of troubled childhood emotions or psychological states is key to at least partial prevention and/or treatment of future weight gain, health, and childhood and adult obesity.  Being aware of this along with a healthy diet and active lifestyle wll give our kids a great chance to be healthy for life!

A bit about self esteem... things to watch out for in children:

  • Do not or rarely make eye contact; appear withdrawn
  • Make belittling comments about themselves
  • Avoid doing tasks that may be difficult; believe he/she cannot do it

For a complete list of signs of low self esteem,  American Academy of Pediatrics  has a simple, easy-to- read information sheet online --see the  AAP list  provided.

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