Children’s Health

Pediatricians attend to a unique set of concerns. Children’s health issues cover a wide array of health concerns that specifically affect kids.

Obesity

Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern in the United States. In fact, more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The organization reports that childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last three decades. Serious long-term health concerns are associated with childhood obesity. Affected children are more likely to develop heart disease, which includes high cholesterol and high blood pressure. They’re also at higher risk for diabetes, joint and bone issues and a variety of different cancers. The CDC reports that prevention is key. This translates to feeding kids a healthy, nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Regular physical activity is also crucial when it comes to combatting obesity.

Bullying and health effects from it

Bullying is another major issue affecting the nation’s youth. According to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, children who are bullied are more likely to develop depression and anxiety. They’re also more likely to experience issues with eating and sleeping. The CDC reports that in 12 to 15 cases of school shootings in the 1990s, the shooters had experienced a history of being bullied. Children who bully others are also more likely to have drug and alcohol problems later in life. They’re also at an increased risk of becoming adult abusers. What’s more is that bullies are more likely to engage in early sexual activity and to have criminal convictions as adults.  

ADHD

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) makes it difficult for children to maintain attention and concentrate on tasks. Some kids with ADHD appear overactive and fidgety. The CDC reports that in 2011, the disorder was present in about 11 percent of children in the United States.