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Upcoming Danger: Teens and Obesity: After School Program to improve your brain and muscles

November 18, 2009

1.OVERVIEW
American children are facing a national health crisis. Sixteen percent of children and adolescents age 6-19 are overweight. The number of overweight children has doubled and the number of overweight adolescents has tripled since 1980.Over the last 15 years, diabetes type 2 has increased dramatically in children and adolescents and is linked to the raise in childhood obesity. Individuals with this condition are at a high risk for cardiovascular problems later in life.In the United States, diabetes type 2 is more common in Native American, African, Hispanic and Asian- American children than the general population.

. The Institute of Medicine currently reported there are approximately nine million children over 6 years of age who are considered to be obese.

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So happy that i just got this video from Minnesota…. A couple of teenagers taped themselves doing my program after school and speaking about my book….so much fun thanks and watch really funny..

Dangers of being an overweight teen

From http://www.overweightteen.org/content/obese-vs-overweight.html

There are dangers associated with being an overweight teen. Some of these include:

  • Heart disease, and related problems. These related problems can include high blood pressure and high cholesterol as well. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and being overweight is a major contributor.
  • Diabetes. This is an incurable disease. Many people who are overweight develop diabetes. Indeed, Type II diabetes, which is the kind that is developed at the teenage years or later, is often caused by being overweight. Regulating diet and exercise, and losing weight, can help you control diabetes.
  • Arthritis can develop as a result of the strain placed on joints as a result of being overweight.
  • Blount’s disease is one that affects children and teenagers. An overweight teen or child puts a lot of pressure on the lower legs, and can result in a bone deformity.
  • Breathing problems. Overweight teens may have asthma or sleep apnea. Both of these conditions, if they exist already, can be exacerbated by being overweight.
  • SCFE. This stands for slipped capital femoral epiphyses. This is a problem in which the hip joint is painfully damaged due to the amount of weight that has to be supported.
  • Ovary problems. In overweight teen girls, polycystic ovary syndrome can develop. This can cause problems like missed period, and increased testosterone. Additionally, this is something that can lead to Type II diabetes.
Michael Gonzalez-Wallace

 

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