Problems Associated with Childhood Obesity

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Childhood obesity is a global epidemic, and the implications for young people are profound. Doctors are seeing obesity-related diseases, like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, in younger patients than ever before, setting children up for a lifetime of health complications. Another problem linked to childhood obesity that is having a dramatic effect on young girls in particular is the early onset of puberty.

According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, in 2010, girls were starting puberty at age 10.5, compared to age 14.6 in 1920. Doctors suspect that this jump is due to hormonal disturbances caused by obesity as well as inflammation.

If your child is struggling with obesity, talk to his or her pediatrician. If you need a physician referral for your child, call Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. We offer comprehensive pediatric care , including emergency care. Get more information about our hospital by calling (702) 233-5300.