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Many parents may consider a child being overweight to be normal, however, it can actually lead to various health problems, either physical or related to mental health (low self-esteem and depression). So it’s important for parents to encourage their children to eat healthy and have healthy lifestyle habits in order to maintain a healthy weight.
Childhood obesity mostly stems from an imbalance between energy consumption and energy use, which results from several different factors including:
Childhood obesity can affect both a child’s physical and mental health in the following ways:
If a child is found to be at risk of obesity, doctors may:
Please note that some blood tests require the patient to refrain from consuming food or water prior to the test.
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More parents than ever are dealing a child who is obese.
The long-term health consequences are deadly serious: Overweight children are almost twice as likely as to become overweight adults, compared to normal-weight children.