Even Obese Kids Who Lose Weight May Still Face Deadly Illnesses Later

It turns out that childhood obesity leads to a lot more than just fat adults.  A study has now found that even in cases in which obese children later lose weight, the health effects of childhood obesity may be long-lasting and profound, according to newswise.com.

"The earlier you are exposed to obesity, the earlier we may see the onset of complications including type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and cancer. That makes sense: these complications don’t happen overnight, and the earlier you start the ball rolling, the earlier and more likely you are to see early morbidity and mortality from them," the Web site reports.

But there's more. Kids’ maturing bodies may be especially vulnerable to the detrimental health effects of obesity. "Early exposure can make you much more predisposed to complications than might exposure once the body is done maturing. It may be that childhood obesity changes the way the whole metabolism is working – and changes it during a critical developmental time frame,” Kristen Nadeau, MD, investigator at the CU Cancer Center, associate professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the CU School of Medicine, and the paper’s senior author, says at newswise.com.

We've of course long known that obese adults are at much higher risk for diabetes, cancer and heart disease but evidence is now becoming available that shows that childhood obesity can cause these, too.  

Childhood obesity may itself be enough to cause outcomes including metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and its associated cardiovascular, retinal and renal complications, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, asthma, orthopedic complications, psychiatric disease, and increased rates of cancer, among others, newswise notes. 

“Early intervention to prevent the onset of obesity in childhood is essential because we can now see that the disease causes significant downstream problems and the expense of treating these consequences can be extreme,” Nadeau says.



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