Children who are obese and overweight have more complications in surgery than non-obese children.
What's the only thing we adults have to do in this world? Just leave it a little better than we found it.
We aren't doing that by making our children overweight. We make every aspect of their lives less than what it could be. Now when they get sick, we potentially make them sicker.
Now, some of you, are getting my message completely wrong. I'm not for "normal" weight because of supermodels, or movie stars, or even because of looks at all. My mom always said to me that beauty is only skin deep. And no matter what your weight is people can be beautiful. Appropriate weight people can be "ugly". And I'm not saying that the BMI is the only way to measure the RightSize.
I'm just saying that if you are overweight it's just not healthy. I know it's a bit trendy right now to condemn the diet industry and the celebrity business. But let's get those portions appropriate because we want to leave our children healthier, not mimicing Paris Hilton or Nicole Richey.
Here's part of the NY Times article.
The risks associated with the growing problem of obesity among young people may be extending to the operating room table.
Researchers have found that almost a third of the children who needed surgery there over a four-year period were overweight.
The researchers said it was widely accepted among surgeons and anesthesiologists that obese adult patients presented “enormous” challenges. With a threefold increase in weight problems among American children and adolescents over the past three decades, they said, doctors who operate on younger patients are already facing the same issues.
The extra weight can cause difficulties, including maintaining open air passages for patients who are anesthetized. There is also evidence that in overweight people, surgical wounds are more likely to become infected.