More than just a self-esteem issue
One of the most significant consequences of being overweight is poor selfesteem and at times, depression, Assoc Prof Loke shares.
But more than just a body image issue, obesity can wreak havoc on your child’s physical health, as well.
Dr Lim adds: “We’ve seen children as young as 12 years old having Type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) and fatty liver.”
Other than Type 2 diabetes, the rest of the conditions are potentially reversible if your child is at a healthy weight, she says. Other immediate problems include irregular menses, knee and ankle problems, and obstructive sleep apnoea.
Longer-term problems include a higher risk of obesity as an adult, which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis and several types of cancer, Dr Lim warns.