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Childhood obesity- too many reasons not to take action

Posted on Mar 09, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

We want to keep our kids eating healthy and prevent childhood obesity with:

  • early nutrition education
  • positive healthy food associations
  • healthy parent role modeling
  • daily activity
  • developing good habits while they are young
Why is this so important? It's about giving our children a quality of life they deserve.

Here is a list of obesity related complications. I think this list says it all!

Childhood obesity complications:


  • poor self-esteem
  • depression
  • increased pressure causing headaches and double vision
  • sleep apnea
  • asthma
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • high LDL (the bad cholesterol that clogs the heart vessels)
  • low HDL (the good cholesterol that helps keep our vessels clean)
  • high triglycerides (essentially fat in the blood)
  • abnormal blood clotting
  • high blood pressure
  • chronic inflammation that damages the blood vessels
  • acid reflux
  • constipation
  • gallstones
  • fatty liver
  • type 2 diabetes (body doesn't make enough insulin)
  • early puberty (in girls- polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • changes in hormone levels which can induce ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual cycles, and excessive hair growth on the chin, chest, abdomen and upper lip
  • dislocated growth plate in hip socket
  • bowed knees
  • flat feet
  • pain in weight-bearing joints such as feet, knees, hips, lower back



Monday, Apr 20, 2009 @ 11:25 PM

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I think weight loss is all about three things - attitude, diet and exercise. From my experience, reducing carb intake and doing aerobic exercises are keys to successful weight loss. my blog is
Donna Byron
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 @ 06:53 PM

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I would like to than the owners of this has lots of good information and i hope that i can contribute to it on a daily basis.thanks and keep it up

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