Childhood obesity is when the child weighs more than what his age should normally weigh. Childhood obesity has long term and immediate health outcomes. Parents think it is fine as long as the children are eating and enjoying themselves.
However, this excessive and unhealthy eating could lead to some serious health issues. Obesity is not just the gain of fats and weight in a child’s body. Along with it comes many other health issues and diseases. Some of the health issues are:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver diseases
- Bone and joint problems
- Sleep disorders
- Early puberty and menstruation
- Skin infections
- Anorexia or bulimia
- Psychological problems and difficulties coping with peers.
The children suffering from obesity often suffer from different psychological problems as well because of the bullying they get from their peers.
They lose their confidence and self-esteem due to their size. They suffer from depression, stress and anxiety which only adds more trouble to their problems. Keeping a check on your child and keeping them away from getting obese has now become very important.
Obesity and hip diseases
Research and findings have found that children who had obesity during their childhood are more likely to grow and have problems in their hips during their adolescence. They are likely to develop a debilitating hip disease called Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE).
In this type of disease, the hip is deformed and sometimes completely collapsed. This causes immense pain and a lifelong disability. This hip disease is found mainly among teenagers who had suffered obesity in their childhood and affects at least 1 out of 2000 children.
This disease and its effect can be minimized only with early recognition and treatment of obesity. Not letting the obesity grow bigger is what will save the patient from getting this disease. Experts believe that this disease is the most common factor or reason that leads to hip replacement surgery in India. The surgeons say that childhood obesity has a major role in the development of this hip disorder.
When a child or a teenager suffers with SCFE, there is no other way but to get his or her hip replaced as the disorder tends to only get worse with time. The cost of hip replacement surgery in Mumbai is around ₹47,00 to ₹6,85,000. And the success rate of the surgery is 90-95%’. The patient tends to live a better life free from the hip disorder for a long period of time.
Dr. Niraj Vora is one of the best hip replacement surgeons in Mumbai who specialises in joint replacement and Trauma surgery. He has the qualifications in M.B.B.S., M.S.(Orth) and M.R.C.S. (Edlin).
He is an expert in his work and has been working for a couple of years giving successful results of hip and knee replacement surgeries to his patients. He is located in Mumbai and many people visit him with problems in their hips and knees and are said to have been freed from their disorders by his treatment.