Poor academic performance
Regardless of causes, the effects of childhood obesity may impact academic performance.
According to studies, overweight or obese children are four times more likely to report academic problems. This is especially the case with children who constantly miss classes, due to health risks such as asthma.
Social and emotional concerns
Reports describe obesity as one of the most “stigmatizing” and “least acceptable” conditions. Overweight and obese children may experience teasing or bullying, which may affect their self-esteem.
Without guidance, these social and emotional risks may progress to anxiety and depression.
Understanding the causes and effects of childhood obesity helps parents intervene and prevent the condition and its health risks.
If you suspect that your child has excess weight, the best course of action is to consult a pediatrician. They will help you find out the cause of the problem and formulate an individualized plan to help your child achieve a healthy weight.
Learn more about Childhood Obesity here.