Obesity is considered to be an epidemic, and it is growing throughout the world. While obesity can lead to many health issues, it’s particularly bad for children since many overweight children will suffer from obesity throughout their lives. It’s estimated that one in three kids are overweight. As a parent, it’s vital that you understand the potential for long term health problem obese child. Even though it’s tough to make changes, it’s important and your child’s future depends on it.
There are many health issues that are associated with obesity, here is a rundown of some of the most common, and potentially deadly, diseases your child could face if they don’t get their weight under control:
1. Type II diabetes. This form of diabetes can lead the body to produce insufficient amounts of insulin and can cause the cells of the body to ignore insulin which will starve the cells and keep them from absorbing enough energy. Type II diabetes can also lead to kidney problems, heart, eye and other organ diseases.
2. Hypertension (high blood pressure) Overweight people, especially kids, are particularly prone to having high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to many very serious conditions such as stroke, heart attack, and cardiovascular disease.
3. High cholesterol. Long term high cholesterol can lead to a buildup of plaque in arteries. This buildup can greatly decrease the amount of blood flow that travels through the body to all the organs. Without the oxygenated blood flowing freely the system can suffer from many very dangerous side effects.
4. Joint diseases. Whenever someone carries around extra weight it will wear and tear on the joints. The longer this extra weight is carried the more damage that is done to the joints. If a child has extra weight most of their life, they are creating the potential for a great deal of pain in their back, legs, ankles and hips later in life.
5. Heart disease. The symptoms of heart disease tend to show up much earlier in life if the person has a long history of obesity. It’s not uncommon for these issues to show up before the child reaches the age of 30.
6. Psychological. When a child is obese they often endure all types of taunts and mocking from their classmates. This can have a significant, and long term, impact on their self image. It can lead to anxiety and depression and it can make them socially awkward and uncomfortable which can cause them to miss many of the milestones in life, such as school dances, that many of us take for granted.
While this news is dire, the good news is that it is never too late to reverse the health problem obese child. Many of these issues can be totally corrected if the child simply makes (or their parents make) better lifestyle choices. Something as simple as eating a more nutritious diet and getting more exercise can make a lot of difference in the weight of a child. That’s not even taking into account the huge jump in their self esteem.
Homeschooling the teenager:
As children start maturing into adults, parents feel insecure about homeschooling.
Many parents then discontinue the homeschooling process and happily hand over the reign to outside authorities.
But is this really necessary, Is the strictly compartmentalized education provided in schools a better option, If social concerns are worrying you, look for interest-oriented associations, clubs and societies.
These offer a lot of support for leaders, opportunity for shared experience, and foster a sense of belonging. Make up your own group or share this responsibility
with someone else. Home education support groups provide fantastic opportunities to meet your child’s needs.
This is the best way to develop intelligent, self-motivated, healthy and able young people.
If the growing burden of some of the higher level Math or Science seems to be beyond you, enlist the help of someone who knows more.
You can even barter your own services and thus save some money.
With homeschooling becoming more and more popular, support groups will have innumerable resources that help you find the right teacher for your child.
The underlying principle that guides homeschooling is this:
any child has the innate capacity to grow, develop and achieve its full potential.
All it needs is the right environment and all the right answers. Be there to provide these and think twice before you turn over this responsibility to a third party.