Characteristics of Obese Children and Its Impact on Health in the Future

Suara.com – Behind the cute and adorable appearance of fat children, there is a risk of obese children that parents often don’t realize.

dr. Winra Pratitia from the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI) said that in obese children, there are a number of symptoms that can be seen, namely a round face, chubby cheeks, double chin, a short neck, and acanthosis nigricans (black patches on the back of the neck).

Then the chest looks bloated with enlarged breasts and wheezing. In the abdomen looks bulged with abdominal wall folds.

“In the extremities, the legs are often X-shaped due to excessive weight gain in a short time. Then the pelvic movement is limited, and in the male reproductive system the penis looks small,” he said, quoted from Sehatnegeriku.

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Illustration of an obese or overweight child.  (Shutterstock)
Illustration of an obese or overweight child. (Shutterstock)

However, for a more precise examination, an anthropometric examination is needed including weight, body length or height, body mass index.

In addition to clinical symptoms, obesity in children can cause complications from head to toe. From the child’s head the possibility of depression quickly, and low self-confidence due to obesity.

Then in the lungs, children may experience asthma or sleep apnea during sleep. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes a person’s breathing to stop temporarily for several times. This can be characterized by snoring during sleep.

In the heart, there may be heart defects, or high cholesterol, or it could be an increase in blood pressure. In the liver, there is fatness, and the child’s stomach can experience gerd.

Furthermore, the pancreas can be at risk for type 2 diabetes. In the knee, arthritis or pain in the joints can occur.

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“And it could also be that the legs are bent due to the massive accumulation of weight in a very short time. Not only that, the reproductive part is usually if girls have irregular periods or maybe faster than their friends. That’s what we have to avoid,” said dr. Winra.