Study Found Interesting Fact About Low Self Esteem and Child Obesity
Low self esteem and child obesity is still on a tight grip to today’s society. There are many factors affecting our mental and physical health. Such factors are what lead most children in to becoming obese. It’s a devastating truth that needs to be taken cared of. But, as said earlier, the epidemic is seems to be holding on to our society.
Many researchers are still doing endless research fighting low self esteem and child obesity. The studies performed by organizations and groups of professionals and aspiring ones has greatly contributed and are still contributing in the hope of overcoming the epidemic. Just a recent study performed by a certain international group of researchers just found an interesting fact about low self esteem and child obesity. Read along to know more about the study.
The newest entry into the fight against childhood obesity is the result of a study by the international collaborative group Early Growth Genetics Consortium. Lead investigator Struan F.A. Grant, PhD, associate director of the Center for Applied Genomics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia noted that “we have definitively identified and characterized a genetic predisposition to common childhood obesity.”
The announcement came after the Consortium conducted a meta-analysis that included 14 previous studies encompassing 5,530 children with childhood obesity and 8,300 controls. This effort was the largest genome-wide study ever conducted of common childhood obesity.
The investigators found two new gene variants that increase the risk of common childhood obesity plus some evidence for an additional two variants. Another discovery is that “The known biology of three of the genes hints at a role of the intestine, although their precise functional role in obesity is currently unknown,” noted Grant.
Childhood obesity and its risks
While genetics appear to have a role in childhood obesity, there are other risk factors to be considered as well, and some of them parents and young people can control, including poor diet (fast foods, high-calorie, high-fat, high-sugar foods), lack of exercise, and psychological factors (e.g., boredom, stress). A family history of obesity may be genetic as well as environmental, especially if families have a habit of eating high-calorie foods and not encouraging exercise.
The complications of childhood obesity are serious and long-lasting. On the physical side is the risk of type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep disorders (e.g., sleep apnea), heart disease, and early puberty. Obese children and adolescents also tend to experience more bullying, low self-esteem, behavior problems, and depression than their normal weight peers.
The fight against common childhood obesity still has a long way to go, but the discovery of fat genes that increase the risk of this growing health problem may help in the development of new preventive techniques and treatment options based on a person’s individual genomes.
Having further information and facts about low self esteem and child obesity may help us fully overcome it. Since researchers are still conducting studies to find more ways in overcoming obesity and low self esteem, it would be best for us to take our part in making a change. An effort from the people consisting the society is needed to complete the process.
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