Age has become no bar for many things both good and bad: 10-year-old kids are given employment at IT companies for their coding skills, 5-year-old children give cut-throat competition to singers in contests and even 15-year-old teens make rather surprising discoveries that are out-of-the-box and extraordinary. The MTS kid advertisement that’s shown might become a reality in near future too! Every toddler and kid is blessed with such talents that needs to be recognized and nurtured. With all these on one side, there are devastating things happening at jet speed that could ruin our quality of life on the other side. Kids are growing to be obese/overweight right from a tender age, even 2- or 3-year-old kids seem to be above normal weight ranges. Heart attacks, joint problems and leg pain, health problems that was monopolized by adults decades back are seen frequently among small children these days. Cancer too has joined the queue.
Obesity, one of the biggest concerns of the world not only has impacted the life of adults but has also endangered small children’s life. Sedentariness has become the common trend as most houses employ maids to look after kids and these children enjoy their life in the absence of parents. In course of time they become couch potatoes addicted to electronic gadgets eating processed foods to their heart’s content and living a happy idle life. Outdoor games seem to have vanished and board games are trending right now. This puts the kids at an increased risk of diseases and infections including cancer too.
A new study in Denmark on more than 3,00,000 individuals shows that heavier and taller kids are at a greater risk than their average-sized peers for developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC) as adults. There have already been studies showing obesity as a leading risk factor for cancer and an upsurge in cancer rates due to higher obesity rates. Cancers take years to develop and overweight adults are at an increased risk of RCC. Comparing two13-year-old kids with one z-score difference in BMI (almost 5.9 kg for boys and 6.8 kg for girls) and similar height showed that the heaviest boy or girl was at a 14% increased risk of RCC compared to the leaner child. While normal-weight kids at 7 and 13 years of age did not have risk of RCC later in life, kids who were normal weight at 7 years and overweight at 13 years were at a 67% increased risk of developing RCC. Also those kids who were slightly taller than average height kids at 7 years of age were at an increased risk of RCC. There have been clues in previous studies that height, being tall, increases the risk of cancer and hence the fact that RCC risk is heightened in taller children comes as no surprise. But the news here is that it’s a combination of heaviness and tallness in kids that increase the risk of RCC in kids. It is better to be safe than sorry. Curb weight gain in your children during initial stage to avoid repenting for tis effects during later stages. Get in touch with registered dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com to help your child lose weight in a simple, scientific and efficient way.
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