Childhood obesity also called pediatric obesity is a condition in which a child is significantly overweight for his/her age and height. It can lead later to diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. There may be no symptoms other than the weight being abnormal.
- Binge eating
- Pot belly
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Shortness of breath
Conventionally it can’t be cured, but treatments can help. Improving the diet and exercise habits of the entire family is one of the best ways to achieve healthy weight in a child. Homeopathy not only treats childhood obesity, but also the underlying cause and individual susceptibility. Homeopathic remedies are selected based on cause, sensations and modalities of complaints. Therefore, one should consult a certified homeopath for treatment.
If left untreated, these children are at a higher risk for chronic obesity-related problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma. If obesity isn't addressed and treated in childhood, the problem will continue to grow literally.
Frequently Asked Qustions
What is obesity?
Obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. In infants and children under 5 years of age obesity is assessed according to the WHO "Child growth standards" (weight-for-length, weight-for-height) and the WHO Reference for 5-19 years (body mass index-for-age).
What causes a child to become overweight or obese?
While some children gain weight because of medical reasons such as under active thyroid gland, or other diseases, the majority of children start becoming overweight, because they take in more calories than they use. Childhood overweight and obesity is a result of genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.