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, Arroyo, and McClurkin 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 972.853.7100 in Dallas or (972) 943-3323 in Plano for more information.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
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 would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.