Runaway obesity turning a generation of children into ageing biological adults
The March issue of Times Magazine had an interesting health article everyone should read, especially parents with children. The article is titled “Young Kids’ Old Bodies”, and the subtitle “Runaway obesity is turning a generation of children into biological adults, aging them before their time”.
The following trends are being observed in a growing population of children:
- Children bodies are physically maturing faster, younger.
- Children are being diagnosed with advanced disease normally seen only in older adults.
- On the cellular level, their cells and chromosomes are show the signs of advanced cellular stress and aging (including inflammatory and oxidative damage).
- Fatty Liver disease (normally associated with long term alcohol abuse) in now the most common liver related disorder seen in children worldwide.
- Children are being treated with medications primarily tested and prescribed for adult.
- One in three children aged 2 to 19 are either overweight or obese. 17% of children in this age group are obese.
- There is a good probability many of these children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
The main cause of advanced aging seen in children appears to be childhood weight issues and obesity. At alarming rates, children are now being diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, type-two diabetes, weight related respiratory issues and more. Some children diagnosed with type-two diabetes are being prescribed insulin, as normal diabetes medicines cannot adequately reduce or manage their excessively high blood sugar levels.