More than just a self-es­teem is­sue

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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.

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