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Health Tip: Understanding Childhood Obesity

(HealthDay News) -- Obesity is dangerous for any person, even for children.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says potential complications of childhood obesity include:

  • Increased risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.

  • Increased risks of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance.

  • Increased risk of breathing difficulties, including asthma and sleep apnea.

  • Increased risks of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), liver disease and gallstones.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 5/7/2014
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