All About Childhood Obesity

What are the risks of being obese?

According to the AAP, childhood obesity can put a person at risk for many serious medical problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and gall bladder disease.

Aside from medical risks, obese children may suffer from poor self-esteem if they're teased, excluded from games, or bullied by other children because of their weight. To help obese children who have these problems, bolster their self-esteem by helping them find supportive friends who accept them as they are, and provide access to activities they enjoy and do well.

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