This post is about the news item on the recommendation of cholesterol drugs for children as young as 8yrs old to treat obesity and risks associated with it.
It is disturbing to read about the advocacy of medication to deal with childhood obesity and the associated risks. This needs to be exercised as an option only in very specific cases after a very careful evaluation. On most other instances one should seriously try life style modification options to get the desired health benefit in such young age groups.
Childhood obesity is rising at alarming levels in India and strong efforts needs be done to address this issue without causing long term health hazards to the children. Schools should consider having something like the health card(aligned to the progress report card) and can offer reward points for adopting to healthy lifestyle choices. A child can be rewarded with a few good points if it brings vegetables for lunch and avoids/limits junk food for the snack box that the children bring to school.
I came across an online competition from the Hopelab which uses innovative interactive game techniques to improve health and quality of life to children Ruckus on getting innovative ideas to get the kids moving and driving them to active lifestyle. We could also evolve ideas that would work in our context and try its effectiveness.