Childhood Obesity and Sleep Apnea
Childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States and with it comes an increase in obesity-related medical conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes and sleep apnea. Tired, overweight children are less likely to perform well in school and less likely to get a healthy amount of exercise. Due to the popularity of video games and television, children are more sedentary than ever before. Fast food, junk food, and processed food is higher in calories and fat than the traditional home-cooked meals of the past.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in six children are obese, and more alarmingly, one in seven preschoolers is obese. The number of cases of obstructive sleep apnea in children has risen accordingly, posing serious health risks. Not only can sleep apnea in children contribute to poor performance and behavior in school, but it can create an endless cycle of obesity, sleep apnea, and daytime sleepiness.