Childhood obesity: Why worry?

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It is not just a cosmetic problem. Children who are obese often suffer from depression and bullying. Obesity can cause endocrine, neurologic, respiratory, gastrointestinal and orthopedic problems in children, in addition to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Extra weight can have a devastating impact on children, causing them to suffer joint, leg and back pain when instead they should be playing pain free. Over time, this extra weight can lead to early arthritis, greater risk for broken bones and other serious conditions, such as slipped capital femoral epiphysis (an orthopedic disorder of the adolescent hip) and Blount’s disease (severe bowing of the legs).
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