Can Constipation In Young Children Be A Contributing Factor To Obesity?

Obesity in the United States is becoming an epidemic, especially in children. In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled and in 2012, more than one-third of children were overweight or obese.


While constipation may not be a contributing factor to obesity in children, the issues are often linked. Some studies show that there is there is an increased prevalence of constipation in obese children, but recently a few say that there isn’t a direct association between the two, yet many obese individuals do suffer from constipation or irregularity.


Children who consume excess processed foods, lack exercise, and not enough water are more likely to gain weight and along with weight gain, constipation is often a symptom. The longer food stays in the colon, the more fluid is absorbed, which, unfortunately, can cause weight gain.


The weight on the abdomen can prevent necessary pressure to start the defecation reflex. A long-term solution to obesity and constipation would require changing your diet to include more fiber-rich foods and less processed/fast food, increasing exercise habits to at least 30 minutes daily and drinking 5-7 glasses of water a day.


Yet, if you would like to find a short term solution to provide relief for your child, The Pro Herb is an all-natural product, made up of turkey rhubarb, aloe, and other seeds and herbs, with no harmful chemicals, that is gentle on the body.


Although it is not intended for weight loss, it will eliminate fecal matter build up, which may result in some weight loss. Because the amount of fecal matter build up is different for everyone, particularly in children, The Pro Herb is a self-regulating product so you can choose the dose depending on the severity of constipation. If your child is suffering from constipation, please contact a Pro Herb care professional.

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