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What are the health consequences of obesity for children?

Carrying extra weight has a range of consequences for the body. Not only can it increase levels of inflammation in the body and affect the body's metabolic processes, it also places extra load and stress on important structures such as the joints, the airways and the bladder. Health risks that are increased in childhood by carrying extra weight include: high blood pressure (hypertension) and blood cholesterol; insulin resistance that can lead to type 2 diabetes in childhood; early puberty; asthma; obstructive sleep apnea; heartburn; gall bladder and liver disease; constipation; joint and bone problems and muscle pain, and; mental health issues such as low self-esteem and social issues including bullying. A child who is overweight or obese is more likely to be an overweight or obese adult.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 24 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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