BEACON TRANSCRIPT- A new study shows that, in the long run, childhood obesity has a negative impact on the health. This new UK research conducted by researchers from the University of Surrey observed that obese children usually have to deal with severe health implications in adulthood.
To conduct this study, researchers collected data from more than 18 studies that included over 300,000 kids who had an average age of 10. The scientists monitored the participants’ body mass index, their waist circumference, and their skin fold thickness. After 25 years, the team invited the participants to a remeasuring session and a complete health assessment.
Scientists observed that those who suffered from childhood obesity had bigger chances of developing diabetes during adulthood. These kids were also more likely to have thicker of arteries, which inevitably lead to the onset of severe and life-threatening cardiovascular conditions.
Childhood obesity can also increase the risk of certain illnesses later in life. Even if the children managed to lose the extra weight over the years, they still registered higher chances of developing cardiovascular complications and diabetes than the participants who measured a normal weight during childhood.
Due to the fact that researchers benefited from a limited amount of data, they were unable to determine whether or not skin fold thickness and waist circumference were indicators of health problems in the future.
“The adverse effects of adult obesity are well known but what we have found is that obesity in childhood can cause lasting arterial damage which could potentially lead to life threatening illness,” mentioned the leader of the study, Dr. Martin Whyte.
Childhood obesity is rising in the US and the UK. In the United Kingdom, more than 20% of 10-11-year-old kids were considered to be obese in 2015. This shows an increase of more than 0.7% since the previous year. The problem of childhood obesity needs to be recognized and solved in order to have healthier adults. This research was published in the journal Obesity Reviews.
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