Childhood obesity continues to be a concern not just for parents, but for medical professionals and anyone who works with children regularly. Obesity is known to cause many health issues in adults, but in children it can lead to ongoing issues as they grow into adulthood. They may not choose healthy eating options or learn unhealthy ways to cope with problems and their emotions. Exploring potential causes and preventive measures may help reduce childhood obesity rates. Unfortunately, more studies are needed to continue progress and to learn more effective measures to help obese children.
Traumatic events can leave a person in shock or not knowing how to tell someone what they experienced. Sometimes traumatic experiences such as being raped as a child, physical abuse, or being mistreated by a loved one, leave lasting impressions on a child into adulthood. Children may not know how to cope with their feelings and emotions in a healthy manner. At times, a child is not able to communicate their feelings out of fear and simply choose to keep things to themselves. Children should learn how to be open with their feelings and to not be afraid to tell someone they trust they are hurting.
Poor eating habits and not having access to quality food options may be a potential cause of childhood obesity. Sometimes children use food as a way of coping when feeling hurt. Parents may try to encourage better habits but as children get older they find it harder to maintain facing other challenges and insecurities. Obese children are more likely to be teased by their peers and that can be a daily struggle unhealthy foods help to comfort. Some parents have gone as far as allowing gastric bypass to be an option if their child is underage. Unfortunately, that option fails if the child doesn’t adopt better eating habits or healthier ways to cope with their emotions.
Understanding hormone development and potential triggers leading to weight gain are areas researchers continue to explore. Sometimes underlying health conditions or genetic disorders are linked to weight problems. In such cases, it can be difficult for children to maintain or lose weight when it’s related to something out of their control. Parents may work with their child’s doctor or specialist to try and control their eating habits and encourage other ways to stay healthy such as dieting, exercise, and explore ways to stay active.
Learning how childhood obesity affects children give an idea of main areas of concern parents and medical experts should explore together. Understanding childhood obesity continues to be an ongoing process. There are healthy alternatives introduced to children, including those considered overweight, to encourage better lifestyles as adults. Emotional concerns and insecurities are things children need to learn from a productive perspective that will encourage positive outcomes. Understanding health background and family health history may also provide insight on how to tackle weight problems as they get older. While much has been learned about childhood obesity more work is needed to help all children live healthier lives.