Obesity in childhood is a gateway to many other chronic diseases

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					Obesity in childhood is a gateway to many other chronic diseases
Long known to dramatically increase the risk of certain chronic diseases later in life, obesity has
serious health consequences, immediately after a study by researchers at the University of
California Los Angeles and published in the journal Pediatrics.

The researchers found that obese children have 30 percent more likely than normal-weight
children of at least three health problems, mental or developmental disabilities are obese children
200 percent more.

"The results should wake up call for doctors, parents and teachers better on the risks for other
disorders associated with obesity, should serve to" lead author Neal Halfon said.

Researchers have known for some time that even if the childhood obesity greatly in the last 20
years has increased, so the childhood chronic conditions such as asthma, learning disabilities
and Attention Deficit Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Although previous studies have looked at the link between these phenomena, they either had a
small sample size or focus on a single condition or a part of the country. In this study, the
researchers found extensive health profiles of almost 43,300 children aged 10 to 17 in the United
States. All children participated in the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health. 15 percent had
a body mass index (BMI) between the 85th and 95th Percentile (classified as overweight), while
16 percent had a BMI above the 95th percentile (classified as obese).

The researchers compared the weight with 21 individual indicators of general health, specific
health and psychosocial function. The results were corrected for differences in socio-
demographic factors.

A number of health

The researchers found that obese children emotional significantly more likely than children of
normal weight of ill health, more disability, ADHD, allergies, asthma, bone, joint and muscle pain
suffered from depression, missed developmental delays, ear infections, and behavioral disorders
, headache, learning disabilities, and school, repetition, and other problems in school.

"This study provides a comprehensive picture of childhood obesity," Halfon said, "and we were
surprised to see how the conditions associated with obesity."

Further studies are needed to confirm the present study, noted Halfon and colleagues. In
particular, longitudinal studies confirm that obesity causes health related, if there is another factor
that explains the connection.

"Obesity can be the cause of co-morbidity, co-morbidity, or maybe the cause of obesity - or both
may be caused by other factors not measured in the third," says Halfon. "For example, affect the
exposure to toxic stress change neuro regulations pulse control in ADHD and given the
sensitivity of leptin, which can contribute to weight gain."

The researchers said that in all probability the increased prevalence of childhood chronic health
problems, the change from decades of long-term trends dramatic social and physical
environment of childhood have. They suggested that the prevention of obesity in children and
therefore should focus on improving the environment of the child, during the screening of children
at risk for obesity and related diseases.

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