Chubby Kids

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This is an article from our “Doctor’s Corner” series, brought to you by Samitivej Hospital. Make sure to read the entire series!

Childhood obesity is an increasingly common and severe problem in many populations. In Thailand, up to 15% of children are overweight and this is happening at an increasingly early age. Studies indicate that in 95% of childhood obesity the cause is overeating, and in only a small minority is obesity caused by hormonal or genetically linked abnormality.

Chubby kids

The trend in modern lifestyles is over-consumption and inadequate exercise. The availability of high-calorie foods and modern energy-saving conveniences means that many people consume far more calories than they expend. This imbalance inevitably leads to weight gain. Many people still have the impression that a chubby child means a well-fed and therefore healthy child when in fact such a child can suffer from health problems including high blood pressure, snoring, and in severe cases respiratory obstruction and arrest during sleep, a condition known as “obstructive sleep apnea.”

Looking for a doctor for your child obesity and endocrinology questions? We recommend:
Chaluntorn Preeyasombat
Chaluntorn Preeyasombat, M.D.
Pediatrics – Pediatric Endocrinologist, Samitivej Hospital
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Diabetes, another major disease related to obesity, is appearing more and more in younger children. Early signs of diabetes may be subtle, such as the appearance of pigmentation around the neck, the armpits, or the groins (acanthosis nigricans). This is a sign of impending failure of blood sugar control as a result of increasing resistance to insulin. Failure to reverse the progress of obesity may lead to full-blown diabetes.

Other signs of deteriorating health include:

  • rising levels of fat and cholesterol in the blood
  • fatty liver (excessive amount of fat deposited in the liver)
  • high level of uric acid (the compound that causes gout) in the blood

Obesity is a major health issue for children, If left untreated it can lead to long-term health problems. Specialist doctors (e.g. endocrinologists) and nutritionists can provide help in combating obesity.

Samitivej, We Care

Chaluntorn Preeyasombat, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinologist
Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital

For further information, please contact:

Child Health Institute
Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital
2nd Floor, Building 2
Tel: 66 (0) 2711-8236-7
Call Center: 66 (0) 2711-8181
E-mail: info@samitivej.co.th
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