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 continuously grown from a generation past and now affects 18.5% of all children and adolescents aged 2-19 years in the United States. 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.
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, David Northcutt, Irene Arroyo and Nam Tran 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.
I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*
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 foot care.*
I was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*
Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*
Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*