Take two kids. One is obese and one isn’t. Here’s what we can guess about their health: the child who is obese is more likely to suffer from health issues like joint pain, foot pain, sleep apnea, and even Type 2 diabetes.
How is their health going to look when they become adults? That’s one of the questions on our minds this month, Childhood Obesity Awareness month, here at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. Doctors and scientists have long studied the long-term effects of childhood obesity. What they’ve told us is that a child who is obese is likely to remain obese as an adult. They carry with them all the health problems associated with obesity, and even piling on some additional risks like heart disease and cancer.
Some good news
Earlier this year, scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark presented some interesting evidence about childhood obesity. Their research concluded that if a child gets to a healthier weight by the age of 13, then their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as an adult is no greater than other, non-obese children.
So it turns out that the possibility of having a healthier lifeas an adultis just another reason to encourage children to keep their weight in a healthy range.
Childhood obesity and feet
Our board-certified podiatrist and foot surgeon, Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm, wants to remind you that reducing childhood obesity improves your child’s foot health, too.
There’s a definite link between children who carry extra weight and foot pain. First of all, we know that obese children suffer from problems like flatfoot, heel pain, chronic ankle instability, stress fractures, and Sever’s disease. In addition, any genetic condition or structural issues with the feet can be made worse with the added stress of obesity.