It is disappointing to read in a council report that one in four pupils in P1 Angus do not have a healthy BMI Body Mass Index and it is a real concern that this has increased in the last two years. The fact that a youngster at this age has an unhealthy BMI whether it is underweight or over weight can if not tackled, lead to health risks both of a short term and longer term nature and their parents must take responsibility for this and take action as soon as possible.
The implications of child obesity is well known as it can have a harmful effect on the body in a variety of ways such as blood pressure, breathing and joint problems. It is clear that obese children are more likely to become obese adults and this is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
However less well known is that there are health risks associated with children being underwieght with The main risk associated with being underweight is an increased change of osteoporosis, a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fractures.
Underweight people are likely to be less fit and active, which would also increase their cardiovascular risk. Immune systems, designed to fight diseases and protect the body, are also much weaker in underweight people, which could at the very least lead to them having more illnesses like flu.
From:: David May