WDEL's Delaware HealthWatch
with Frank Gerace

Effects of Childhood Obesity

New research suggests being heavy as a child can have serious consequences later in life.

A recent study shows childhood obesity can lead to increased risk for cardiovascular problems and other health issues in adult life.

Dr. Kristina Rother, with the National Institutes of Health: "Unfortunately, they found the obese children are truly at a higher risk to develop myocardial infarction, or heart attack, stroke, and other complications from obesity."

Dr. Rother says parents should abandon the idea that having a child who's "chubby" is OK. The child likely won't "grow out of it."

She recommends online resources like We Can! Ways to Enhance Childrens' Activity and Nutrition, for parents who need information to help their kids live healthier lives.

You can visit the website by clicking here.

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