Amidst cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems that are on the rise and gaining exposure with many trying to educate the public about the seriousness of these issues, childhood obesity needs to be highlighted.
Parents may often not see a few “extra pounds” as anything to be worried about. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention obesity prevalence was 13.9% among 2- to 5-year-olds, 18.4% among 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6% among 12- to 19-year-olds. Childhood obesity is also more common among certain populations. Parents may often not see a few “extra pounds” as anything to be worried about.
Unfortunately, these same parents are not informed as to the immediate and long-term health risks that are posed to children who are overweight. Childhood obesity can be particularly scary as extra weight can put children at risk for serious medical concerns such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Besides the physical concerns, obesity often brings an impact on a child’s self-esteem as many experience depression as well.
The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas shared this, “Teaching children to make healthy choices today enables them to make responsible choices for the rest of their lives.” Making healthy choices often times is a team effort. Parents that model making right choices will impact children as well. The Mayo Clinic reminds families that improving healthy habits for the whole family is the best place to start. There are many online tools that parents can use that help making choices easier and can make things fun for the kids too.
Drs. Joel Brook, David Northcutt, Irene Arroyo and Nam Tran at Dallas Podiatry Works are highly dedicated to educating patients about childhood obesity and the secondary foot problems that can arise as a result. If your child is experiencing any foot pain that you feel is due to an obesity problem, please contact us today in Dallas (972) 544-9725 or Plano (972) 360-0065.