Childhood obesity is a significant health issue in our community and has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. Approximately 17% of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years are obese, which leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, so much so that it is estimated 70% of obese adolescents are more likely to have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Other risks include, but are not limited to, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, diabetes, social and psychological problems. In addition, studies have shown that a high body mass index can increase the risk of several types of cancer.
It is important to bring awareness to the community in regards to childhood obesity as it can be prevented through healthy lifestyle habits, namely diet and exercise. St. Francis Urgent Care is dedicated to providing interventional techniques and lifestyle modifications to improve the quality of life of our patients and prevent serious health complications that can be prevented.
Authored by: Alison Prins, MPA, PA-C