Childhood obesity is a complex problem that increases the chances of children becoming overweight or obese as adults. It can lead to chronic conditions including diabetes, depression, liver and heart disease and shorten life spans by 10 to 20 years.
Conditions and Treatments
Pediatric type 2 diabetes is a disease which has as its main symptom a high level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is the most common form of diabetes. It also is often called non-insulin-dependent diabetes, or adult-onset diabetes.
Pediatric Precocious Puberty (Early Puberty) is more common in girls than in boys. Learn about symptoms and causes of delayed puberty with Children's Health.
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, describes a greater than normal pressure in the arteries. Pressure may be high when the heart contracts (systole), when it fills with blood (diastole), or both.
Pediatric Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol) levels in children can increase their risk for heart disease. Learn about Cholesterol lowering foods and HDL vs LDL with Children's Health.
Joint Disorders, Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism symptoms include joint pain & inflammation. Learn about joint pain in children with Children's Health.
Obesity is defined according to a child’s body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated using height and weight. It doesn’t measure body fat directly, but is a good indicator for most children and teens.
Pediatric sleep apnea treatment includes tonsil removal surgery, of a CPAP machine or CPAP mask. Learn more about Sleep Apnea and CPAP with Children’s Health.
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