Data shows children are suffering from knee and back problems due to obesity

Data shows children are suffering from knee and back problems due to obesity

A recent study has found that children as young as four are suffering from joint problems due to being overweight. 

Child on measuring scale
Child on measuring scale / iStock

Obesity continues to be a big problem all over the world. 

Half of all South Africans are overweight or obese, this is according to an article by Wits University published in July 2023. 

Another report by the University of Cape Town states that approximately 13% of South Africa's children under five years are overweight.

Obesity is a health risk. Ten health risks of obesity stated by Healthline are type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, liver disease, gallbladder disease, certain cancers, pregnancy complications, and depression.

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It can also lead to joint problems.

'Data on 120,000 children from the National Child Measurement Programme and GP records showed girls were almost twice as likely seek help for musculoskeletal problems than their peers,' reports the Daily Mail.

The data shows that the joint and knee problems were caused by the strain of carrying too much weight. 

The report also states that 'when compared to anonymised GP data, they found 3 per cent of reception children and 8 per cent of year six children had at least one GP appointment relating to joint problems'.

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Lifestyle choices and diet are a big contributor when it comes to obesity. 

To reduce the chances of obesity, it is important to be physically active, eat healthy food, and do not overeat. 

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