Number of Overweight American Kids Skyrockets
Just as adults do, overweight children face increasing health risks not only from obesity-associated diabetes but from heart disease and some cancers.
There also may be psychological problems associated with being overweight, said Vicki Panaccione, who has a doctorate in psychology and practices in Melbourne.
Although in her practice, children rarely are referred solely because they’re overweight, it seems logical obesity can threaten self-worth, she said.
“Even for kids who are somewhat overweight, this can be a problem,” said Panaccione. “Other kids can be cruel, and that can’t help an overweight child’s self-esteem.
As published in Florida Today.
© MMVI Vicki Panaccione, Ph.D.