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What is the impact of child obesity on children's health?

Obese children and teens have been found to have risk factors for:

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and abnormal glucose tolerance.
  • Asthma
  • Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes.

Some consequences of childhood and adolescent obesity are psychosocial.

  • Obese children and adolescents are targets of early and systematic social discrimination. The psychological stress of social stigmatization can cause low self-esteem which, in turn, can hinder academic and social functioning, and persist into adulthood.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Consequences"