Childhood Obesity is Making Your Kid Stupid

Today’s parents live insanely busy lives.

And this means that sometimes….their kids eat microwave pizza & ice cream while staring at a screen instead of eating of eating a healthy home-cooked meal with the entire family.

Unfortunately, these “sometimes” are quickly becoming “all-the-times” and more and more of our kids are being diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome  – obesity (especially belly fat), insulin resistance, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, researchers have discovered that adolescents diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome are not only at higher risk for:

  • heart disease,
  • type 2 diabetes,
  • stroke,
  • kidney disease,
  • and poor blood supply to the legs

They also have:

  • smaller hippocampal volumes,
  • increased brain cerebrospinal fluid,
  • and reductions of microstructural integrity in major white matter tracts

Which results in…

  • impaired mathematics performance
  • impaired spelling performance
  • impaired ability to pay attention
  • impaired mental flexibility
  • and a trend towards lower overall intelligence

And if this isn’t scary enough…

The researchers have no idea if:

  1. these brain abnormalities & cognitive deficiencies will continue to get worse as our kids age,
  2. these brain abnormalities & cognitive deficiencies are reversible with weight loss and reversal of the other Met Syn symptoms.

Conclusion

Childhood obesity is no joke…We are thoroughly screwing up our kids.

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4 thoughts on “Childhood Obesity is Making Your Kid Stupid

  1. I couldn’t agree more that people are screwing up our kids. In reality it is child neglect, if a person wasn’t feeding their child there would be big questions asked, but it seems nothing is done to stop people feeding kids crap food that is making them fat and in turn stupid.

  2. I agree that obesity can have many consequences, all of them for the worse. Unfortunately, most parents just do not know how to handle the eating habits of their children. One thing I have learned from my practice is to start young. As soon as infants are weaned off from breastmilk, they should be given healthy food (e.g. fruits and vegetables) instead of unhealthy food (e.g. candies, sweets, junk food). This should be done in order to develop their taste early on and to promote aversion to unhealthy food.

  3. Doug, there will be no appreciable decrease in childhood obesity rates till their parents lead the way. Almost w/ 100% certainty, when I see a fat kid, there’s a fat parent next to him/her.

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