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A Note To The Parents Of Overweight Children.

In this article we cite the results of serious scientific studies only. It is up to you, dear parents, to decide what is best for your children. You can read the following and choose to ignore it, or you can start taking care of your children's health without delay.

1) Excess weight impedes vertical growth. The spine and bones of the lower extremities cannot overcome the pressure of the extra fat, which pushes down as additional force.

2) Overweight children very rarely avoid problems with the vertebral column. These include kyphosis (slouching), scoliosis (lateral curvature of the spine), lordosis ('saddle back', forward protrusion of the lumbar spine). Obesity is often associated with deformities of the legs and flat footedness.

3) Overweight and especially obese children are prime candidates for cardiac problems. A study of 508 people from childhood to age 70 determined that men, who were overweight in their youth had a higher incidence of cancer of the bowel, heart attacks and strokes than their lean counterparts. In turn, women who were overweight as adolescents showed a tendency to develop atherosclerosis and arthritis. Scientists believe: "The longer a child has excess weight, the more problems will he/she have as an adult".

4) Certain diseases in overweight and obese children manifest themselves before adulthood. An example is childhood hypertension. If this disease is not cured in adolescence, anti- hypertensive medications will have to be employed.

5) Overweight and obese girls exhibit early menarche, i.e., sexual development is accelerated by 2-3 years. Psychological development and understanding of the consequences of early sexual activity are different at ages 10-11 and 13-14. In other words, at age 10, it is harder to control the 'raging hormones', than at 13-14, when the psyche is more developed. The same applies to boys.

6) Studies conducted at 11,631 schools across the United States determined that more than one third of girls and 15% of boys were overweight. 43% of girls are constantly dieting. Sometimes adolescents, especially girls, upset by their ever increasing weight ,start to ignore food and self-medicate with appetite suppressants or purge after meals. This, of course, is usually ineffective in the long run, while the consequences are dire: incorrectly strict diet, which limits the intake of necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals can stunt growth and can cause amenorrhea (interruption of menses) in girls and arrest muscle development in boys. If the child's diet does not include appropriate amounts of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D, and if the child does not participate in sports there is a real danger of developing osteoporosis as an adult.

There is only one acceptable and experienced tested method for normalizing weight. It is a combination of a balanced diet, appropriately intense specific physical exercises and sports appropriate for the child's age.

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