Obesity raises the risk of early death by up to 50%

Henrietta Strickland
April 30, 2019

Researchers have been tapped to present their findings regarding the relationship between obesity and mental health in children at the European Congress on Obesity held in Glasgow, United Kingdom on April 28 to May 1, 2019.

The analysis of a nationally representative sample of more than 17,000 children in the United Kingdom finds that regardless of their socioeconomic status, girls and boys with obesity at age seven were at greater risk of emotional problems at age 11, which in turn, predicted high body mass index (BMI) at 14 years of age.

Obese seven-year-olds are at greater risk of suffering emotional problems, such as anxiety and low mood, when they reach 11, a large United Kingdom study suggests.

Lower socioeconomic status is strongly associated with both obesity and poor mental health, but it is unknown whether the association between these two health outcomes is merely a function of shared socioeconomic disadvantage.

Findings published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry show that rates of both obesity and emotional problems rise during childhood and adolescence. Almost 8 percent of young participants were obese by 14 years old, while about twice of that number reported feelings of low mood and anxiety.

But the link wasn't apparent in younger children.

Dr. Charlotte Hardman, study co-leader from the University of Liverpool, explains that their findings will help treat children with obesity. People with prediabetes have been able to lose weight and improve their blood glucose levels by joining our award-winning Low Carb Program, which shows how eating a healthy, real-food diet can lead to health benefits, including prevention of type 2 diabetes. "Obesity and emotional problems are intertwined".

"From the age of seven, mental health and obesity appear to be entwined and exacerbate each other".

Dr Hardman said that meant children "being stuck in vicious cycles".

The researchers did highlight the fact that the study was observational and not conclusive, saying people were included in the study because they had been to see their GP to have their waistlines measured for a reason.

Although the study didn't look at causes, it said poverty was likely to increase the risk of both problems.

For those with a BMI of 35 to 40, the risk of Type 2 diabetes was nearly nine times higher, and 12 times higher for sleep apnoea.

From the age of seven, the study found obesity and emotional problems were closely linked. "The next steps are to understand the implications of their co-occurrence and how to best intervene to promote good health".

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