This week I would like to focus on the causes of obesity amongst children and adolescents in Australia. It is known to the general public that obesity severely hinders the overall wellbeing of children and adolescents, including their psychological, physical and social health. While the most immediate causes of obesity can be identified as having imbalanced diets and lack of physical exercises, there is much more that meets the eye. For instance, Obesity can be caused by other hidden physical diseases, such as PCOS. PCOS is the short form for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and it is a disease in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance. This disease is not easily detected as its symptoms, such as having acnes, growth of extra facial hair as well as irregular periods resembles with the changes in female who is currently going through puberty. A delay in treating PCOS in one’s puberty often leads to serious health problems and diabetes is one of them.
A handful of us would have known this fact before reading this post and although you folks, who are reading this post now knows that physical health issues could be a major underlying cause of obesity, the social stigma that obesity is simply caused by one’s unbalanced diet and lack of physical exercise remains firmly in place. It is perhaps time for us to start eradicating this social stigma by spreading the words that the idea of obesity is rigid and outdated. It would be beneficial to people suffering from obesity’s social health in the sense that they would be more likely to actively searching for a the cause of their obesity, such as making an appointment for a full body examination to see if their inability to control their weight gain is caused by another physical disease, instead of falling into the abyss of self-loathing once they find out that they are crazily gaining weight.