Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Obesity in kids
Obesity is really a major concern nowadays, cos we are seeing more & more obese kids, some not only obese, but morbidly obese :( Obesity can leads to lotsa health problems & complications..
Lately, I have seen more & more obese kids in the hospital... And in fact it is increasing in number.. The most obese kids I have seen so far (until today) is the 9 year old boy with body weight of 106 kg !!! He is too morbidly obese till he can't breath properly with his own effort & needs ventilatory support. This boy really needs jaw wiring or gastric stapling leh..
And just few days ago only, I have another patient, 8 year old girl came with acute appendicitis for appendicectomy. She is 60 kg !! (More heavy than me :P). The amazing thing is that her mother is so small, tiny & thin.. When both of them were together, u can really see the contrast --> the "big difference". Her mother is underweight & I estimate her body weight to be something like 40 kg or less :O. Apparently the father has passed away already & she is the only daughter. So she is damn manja (from what I observed), & I think the mother feed her whatever she wants.. just my speculation.
Another obese kid that I see lately is a 10 year old boy with body weight of 80 kg !! and some more this boy has leukaemia... still can grow up to this huge size :O Actually, I have seen many more of these obese kids previously & I really lost count how many are there altogether...