Although adorable, children with chubby cheeks can be clinical symptoms of obesity – Parents are advised not to think of children with chubby cheeks as cute. Pediatricians warn that chubby cheeks and stocky bodies can actually be clinical symptoms of obesity or overweight.

Pediatrician Dr. Winra Pratita, Sp.A(K). explained that the clinical symptoms of obese children can be seen from head to toe.

“Clinical symptoms in obese children start from the head, which looks like a round face, chubby cheeks, double chin,” said doctor Winra in the World Obesity Day webinar with the Ministry of Health, Wednesday (2/3/2022).

In addition, the neck looks short and there is acanthosis nigricans or black spots on the back of the neck. Then her chest looks bloated with enlarged breasts.

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Doctor Winra said that obesity can also affect breathing sounds so that you can hear wheezing or wheezing.

“The abdomen is distended and the abdominal wall is folded. There is hepatomegaly or not in the extremities, the legs are x-shaped as a result of the weight being greatly increased in a short period of time. Then pelvic movement is limited, the reproductive system is impaired, and the penis is very small in boys, ” he said.

If the child has experienced these clinical signs, you should immediately take measurements of weight, height, and body mass index.

Doctor Vienna added that determining obesity in children is different from adults. This is because children are still growing and developing.

Efforts to quickly treat obesity in children are also to prevent complications of the disease. Like the clinical symptoms that occur, these complications also have the potential to occur from head to toe.

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“Complications of obesity from the head, children can be depressed and then have low self-confidence. Down again to the lungs can be asthma or sleep apnea so when he sleeps he snores. To the heart it can be a heart disorder or high cholesterol or also an increase in blood pressure,” he said.