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Childhood Obesity – More Than Just a Few Extra Pounds

Have you ever told yourself, “Just a little bit won’t hurt?” Maybe it is one extra trip to the buffet table, a dessert, a drink or a break from exercise. However, when the “little bit extra” contributes to obesity, the effects can be life threatening and children unfortunately are not exempt.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the obesity rate has tripled from a generation past and now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States. That is alarming! What are also alarming are the physical, social and emotional effects that result from obesity. Our aim here is to shed some light on the risk factors of this issue so parents can truly be informed as to what lies ahead if the health of their overweight child is not taken seriously.

The risk factors that come into play are simple enough, yet serious if overlooked. Food is obviously top on the list. A steady diet of high caloric foods, snacks, fast food, candy and sugary drinks will increase the risk of becoming overweight. A lack of activity and family history, whether genetic physical attributes or poor habits handed down, also come into play. Psychological factors when kids overeat to help them cope with difficult circumstances may also be an issue.

What is at stake?

The effects of obesity are major and could be life threatening. Obesity can result in high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. These symptoms are linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack or stroke later in life. Breathing problems such as asthma and sleep apnea can arise as well as joint problems and hormonal changes that could cause early onset of puberty. Obese children are more likely to stay the same into adulthood, often with an even more severe problem.

Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt care about their patients in the Dallas, TX area. When obesity affects foot health, the team at Dallas Podiatry Works provides caring, individualized care to children and adults. Contact our office today at (972) 566-7474 in Dallas or (972) 943-3323 in Plano for more information.

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"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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