Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity
Obesity is one of the most significant health problems in the developing and developed countries. An overweight adolescent has a 70 percent chance of becoming an obese adult, and obesity can lead to a higher risk of life threatening health problems like –

  • High blood pressure
  • Premature heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Physical risks
  • Emotional ramifications because of peer ridicule and lower self-esteem levels.
  • The additional weight can result in reduced endurance, leg pains from stressed joints and often make simple activities more taxing.

All this leads to “The Vicious Cycle of Childhood Obesity”.

It is believed that children are becoming heavier due to –

  • decrease in physical activity (modern transportation, television, computers and video games)
  • Increasing availability of higher calorie foods such as fast foods, higher-fat convenience foods and snacks.

Management of Childhood Obesity

  • Dietary intervention.
  • An exercise program.
  • Behaviour counselling with family participation.
There is a rare genetic disorder that is related to childhood obesity. It is named Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects about one of every 15,000 people. Prader-Willi Syndrome has been recognized as the most common genetic cause of potentially life-threatening childhood obesity.It results from an abnormality on the 15 chromosome.The children have extraordinarily low metabolism and an insatiable hunger and insatiable urge to eat, which is beyond the control of the patient.

Other features of this condition are:

  • Low muscle tone and short stature
  • Small hands and feet
  • Poor motor skills
  • Reduced bone mineral density.
  • Delayed or incomplete sexual development
  • Mild to moderate mental retardation
  • Distinctive facial features (including a narrow face, small mouth, and full cheeks)


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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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