Wellness - General Health | 3-12 yrs

Signs Your Child Is Overweight

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In the modern era of junk food, ruled by burgers, pizzas, sodas and the like, it is no wonder that most children are overweight. No mother would like to believe her child is overweight. But since being overweight might lead to complications in a child’s health, it is better to know it earlier and accept it, so that corrective measures can be taken..

But how do you know whether your child is overweight or just plain old healthy?

According to an article published in whattoexpect.com, being overweight can set up your child to become an overweight adult that can expose him to all kinds of medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Childrenshospital.org says the signs of a child being overweight include:

  • Changes in appearance with stretch marks on the hips, abdomen and around the neck.
  • Experiencing shortness of breath when indulging in any physical activity.
  • Suffering from constipation and gastroesophageal reflux.
  • Orthopaedic problems such as flat feet, knock-knees and a dislocated hip.

A simple and common method to find out if your child is overweight is through the process of BMI or Body Mass Index to see how your child compares with other children of the same sex and age.

Overweight children have a low self-esteem as compared to their slimmer friends at school. Due to this, they may face teasing and discrimination. Ideally, a weight problem can be caught before the condition progresses to this point, which makes early detection very essential.

Know more about other signs that indicate whether a child is overweight by flipping through the pages of this ClipBook.

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