In a British study of nearly 6, students, obesity — or perhaps dealing with the stigma associated with obesity — seemed to reduce academic performance. Childhood obesity has made it to the forefront of public health issues, both in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Now researchers at the Universities of Dundee, Strathclyde, Georgia and Bristol say that not only does obesity affect a child's overall health, but it may also lead to poorer school performance among teenage girls. Among boys, the link is less apparent. Since the s, the U. K has seen childhood obesity rates grow at an alarming rate, says John Reilly , specialist in the prevention of childhood obesity at the University of Strathclyde, and the study's lead author.
When Being Overweight Is a Health Problem
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In many ways, childhood obesity is a puzzling disease. Doctors do not fully understand how the body controls weight and body fat. On one hand, the cause seems simple. If a person takes in more calories than he or she uses for energy, then he or she will gain weight.
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Obesity among teenagers is a growing problem in the United Sates. Many parents and doctors focus on the physical effects of obesity, but what about the psychological and emotional ramifications? Obesity can lead to heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and hypertension, but its depression, low self esteem, anxiety and poor body image that should be the greater concern for most.
Adolescent obesity in the United States has many important implications for both the health and well-being of the individual and society. Specific negative impacts of obesity on health include increased susceptibility to a host of diseases, chronic health disorders, psychological disorders, and premature death, 1 2 which in turn add billions of dollars in health care costs each year. Adolescence is a crucial period for establishing healthy behaviors. Many of the habits formed during this developmental stage will last well into adulthood. BMI for children and adolescents is gender- and age- specific because body fatness changes over the years as they grow and differs between males and females.