Monday, August 22, 2011

Kids increasingly facing grown-up illnesses like eating disorders, obesity

By Nancy Churnin @ The Dallas Morning News

Are kids growing up too fast?
Dr. Michelle Fowers says too many are.
"I think all the time about kids with grown-up illnesses," says Fowers, a pediatrician at Baylor Medical Center in Irving, Texas.
Societal pressures, poor nutrition and inadequate or too narrowly focused exercise are causing serious health problems for kids, experts say. These problems include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, repetitive stress injuries, anxiety, depression, Type 2 diabetes and eating disorders — many of them striking at younger ages than they did a generation ago.
How can family involvement in children's lives serve as a prevention measure for the development of eating disorders later in life? 

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