Childhood Obesity Can Be Deadly

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Overweight children most often become overweigh adults.  Sure, there are those who seek guidance to find inspiration and commit themselves to a healthier lifestyle.  Unfortunately, those success stories are few and far between.  The majority of obese children leave adolescence for an adult life already ripe with health concerns.  And, according to a study by Harvard’s School of Public Health, those lives often end prematurely.

The Harvard study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine-evaluated the health habits and medical records of more than 100,000 women who had provided data through the Nurses’ Health Study (an ongoing federally financed study on women’s health issues since 1989). Researchers found that those women who were overweight or obese at age 18, had far greater risk of dying from cancer or heart disease before reaching middle age.

Today, one third of US children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight,  And the Harvard research confirms that childhood obesity is a death sentence.  The physical and emotional strain on an overweight child is compounded by the type of behavior uncovered in this study.  The obese youths were found less likely to exercise and more likely to have smoked and consumed alcohol.  Let me be the master of the obvious.  This is a recipe for a shorter life.  This may be the first generation of children that will NOT  out live their parents.

Change the way you live, and you can alter the life path you currently travel.  I preach to my patients that chiropractic care is part of a maintenance program that includes proper diet, exercise and a healthy mental outlook.  Treat you body like a temple, and that temple will stand for a long time.

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