Embattled Nigerian journalist, Kemi Olunloyo’s medical advice to Seyi Law on his daughter’s health about obesity has caused an uproar in the social media. This happened after she compared the daughter of the comedian to a fat cartoon dog, while trying to drive home a point. Celeb Police medical unit has deemed it fit to educate the public on obesity. This will help you to detect when your child/ baby is becoming obese.
What Does Obesity Mean?
Obesity is a condition where a person has accumulated so much abnormal body fat, usually 20% or more, over an individual’s ideal body weight. This usually have a negative effect on their health. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 you are considered overweight and if your BMI is 30 or over you are considered obese.
The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a statistical measurement that is derived from the height and weight. It has been considered to be a very useful way to estimate healthy body weight. However, BMI does not measure the percentage of body fat as it could sometimes be misleading. In general, the BMI measurement can be a useful indicator for the ‘average person’. You might then want to ask, what can cause obesity either in an adult or baby?
Causes Of Obesity: Causes of obesity include; consuming too much calories, alcohol consumption, not having enough sleep, genetics, medications that make patient over-weight etc. While carefully digesting what may cause obesity, there are also risk factors of being obese and babies are not excluded from these risks as they grow into adulthood.
Being obese is a risk factor of the following health conditions. That is, a person who is obese is more likely to have the following conditions than others.
- Death (mortality)
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- High LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, low HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
- Heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
- Breathing problems
- Cancer (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
- Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
- Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning.
Can A Baby Be Obese?
We all know when an adult is either over-weight or obese. However, there are controversial arguments about babies being over-weight or obese.
At what age can a baby be referred to as being obese? Sadly, a baby as young as 9 months can be predisposed to being obese later in life. According to research, during the first few months of a baby’s life, there is rapid growth of the infant and percentiles can change during a short period of time.
Though an infant early in life (first few months) may be over the 95th percentile at a point in time, it is important to pay attention to see if that continues, especially as the growth rate is expected to start to slow down. Once the growth rate starts to slow and an infant is still over the 95th percentile, they can be considered to be highly predisposes to obesity.
Excess or accelerated weight gain even in the first four or six months of life may be setting up a child for overweight, for high blood pressure and, maybe even for asthma. However, a parent to a chubby baby shouldn’t start getting worked up, because all babies have their baby fat until they get to between 3 to 5 years. However, it is important to get an accurate weight and especially, length measurements on the growth chart. That’s how you compare your child to every other children of the same sex and age to determine if the baby is likely to be obese.
The best way to keep tabs on whether your baby’s weight is within normal bounds is to check in frequently with your child’s paediatrician. The doctor is trained to be able to keep an eye on overall trends in the child’s growth.
How Obesity In Babies Can Be Prevented
Studies have shown that exclusive breastfeeding (breastfeeding alone), prevents obesity. Getting enough fiber (eating apples instead of drinking apple juice), for example, also helps keep babies on track to a healthy weight. The improper early introduction of cereal by adding it to an infant’s bottle promotes obesity.
Finally, childhood obesity is a serious problem, as it puts the kid at risk of poor health. Putting on weight quickly is normal for a baby, but putting on too much weight too quickly is not good. So as a parent, you may want to pay attention to your baby’s early weight gain.
So far, we may not be able to join Kemi Olunloyo to categorically state that baby Tiwa is obese or not, until she is 5 years.
Kemi Olunloyo’s has however added a new twist to the issue by claiming that a relative of the wife of Seyi Law confirmed to her that baby Tiwa may actually be suffering from some medical conditions related to obesity.
Celeb police will keep investigating on the matter for more updates.