HealthCorps is passionate about teen weight loss

Posted 12/19/2013 | By HealthCorps

A recent study by the National Institute of Geography and Statistics (INEGI) looked at the life expectancy of men and women living in Mexico.  Data suggested an average life expectancy of 73 years for women, and 76 years for men.  If you add in obesity at a young age, then experts suggest you add a significant risk for the development of early diabetes by age 30.  This chronic disease can reduce life expectancy, especially if there is poor management of the disease.

Generational studies suggest that childhood obesity as a risk factor can shave ten years off of ones’ lifespan.  The presence of extra adipose tissue causes secretion of certain toxic substances that literally degenerate the body, breaking it down.

In Mexico, one out of three children is overweight or obese, with 25% of kids diagnosed with high blood pressure, 22% have fatty liver disease, and between 4% and 6% of these overweight or obese children have diabetes.

Contributing to the problem is a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy feeding habits.

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