Doctors measure height and weight and calculate the BMI. A canadian study found that this is not the best measure to identify health problems in children with Obesity. In particular, in the case of mental illness, the children with the highest BMI are not automatically the most affected.
In the study, children were examined who participated in the ten canadian hospitals weight loss programs. Two-thirds of them suffered your BMI severe obesity. In the case of the children with the highest BMI, hypertension, pre-diabetes, dyslipidemia and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease occurred more frequently than in children with less severe Obesity. Of mental health problems all children were equally affected, anxiety disorders have occurred.
"If you only use the BMI to identify the young people who especially need treatment, should children from the lower BMI classes have the lowest probability of psychological or metabolic problems. Our results do not suggest, however, that this is the case, but that in addition to BMI, other parameters of health of the child sollten" be;, Katherine Morrison, a Professor of Pediatrics McMaster University in California says.
Health problems caused by Obesity occurred in many of the examined children: psychological symptoms were 90 percent of the most common, followed by a disturbed metabolism (85 percent), social (65 per cent) and motor (62 percent) difficulties. More than a third of the children in the group with the highest BMI came from households with low income – significantly more than children in lower BMI classes. They also had to fight more with the bullying, and had more difficulties with peer relationships.
The study involved 847 overweight children between five and 17 years, participated over three years. With the help of the investigation should be found out which programs are achieved for the weight management the best of success.