The obesity rate that worries public health officials since obesity is linked to diabetes, hypertension, depression and inflammation in children — all of which can raise the risk of cognitive decline as an older adult.
Now, research suggests that harm to the brain may start earlier for obese children by weakening their attention and memory. Growing evidence suggests that being overweight or obese and having a diet high in sugar and saturated fat may also lead to brain changes that hamper children’s impulse control, making it harder to resist eating.
The effects of obesity on the brain and general health of adults has been well characterized; in contrast, the impact of obesity on brain health in childhood remains largely unknown. The problem is that the human brain develops quite rapidly during the first few years of life; in particular, the hippocampus and frontal lobes that are responsible for learning and memory and higher cognitive functions continue to grow and develop during this critical period of time. The diet and metabolic status during this time period could impact cognitive function for the remainder of the child’s life.
Research suggests that obese children have more health problems and are absent from school more often, tend to come from families of lower socioeconomic status, and face social stigma, all factors that may affect academic performance. Animal studies, though, buttress the evidence that obesity changes young brains, and studies in children so far have looked at similar cognitive functions.
Lets follow these methods to prevent childhood obesity!
Encourage healthy eating habits. Small changes can lead to a recipe for success!
Make favorite dishes healthier.
Remove calorie-rich temptations.
Help your kids understand the benefits of being physically active
Help kids stay active.
Reduce sedentary time
The practice of mindfulness can increase response inhibition and decrease impulsivity. Mindfulness has been used to encourage healthy responses to everyday adversities, although few studies have tested its use in the area of healthy eating or weight loss among children.
We should invest more in physical education so kids are fitter and less likely to have insulin resistance, which is the main driver of these brain changes.