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.
Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver)
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.