Overweight and Obese Children and Adolescents Overweight and Obese Children and Adolescents
The China Study, 2004

Overweight children are facing a wide range of psychological and social challenges in today’s society. As well as facing obesity, they are more likely to be associated with learning and behavioral difficulties as well as a multitude of medical problems. Adolescents often portray alleviated cholesterol levels as well as glucose intolerance, which can in turn have a consequence of type 2 diabetes. This used to be only seen in adults, according to The China Study.

A host of other medical conditions can be seen in obese children and adolescents. Elevated blood pressure is nine times more likely to occur with obesity: sleep apnea and bone conditions can also be portrayed. Carrying too much weight can affect the physical mobility; it can also have a bearing on ones self-esteem which in turn affects the social life.

An obese adolescent or child is most likely to grow up to be an obese adult. According to the China Study, the solution to losing weight is a whole food, plant-based diet along with exercise. Any regular exercise can pay big dividends. Keeping weight off is a long-term lifestyle choice and parents can encourage their children to make healthier lifestyle changes in order to not increase the likelihood of lifelong health problems.