Children with Down syndrome risk of obesity

One of our Buah Merah Mix health beneficiaries are children with Down syndrome. They are likely to be overweight and have a higher risk of obesity. They burn calories at a slower rate and are frequently diagnosed with an under-active thyroid which can contribute to weight gain.

Children with Down syndrome are at a higher risk than the general population for certain health concerns.

Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is common among children with Down syndrome. Symptoms include heartburn, sore throat, regurgitation and chest pain.

To keep them away from obesity , feed nutrient dense foods and limit junk food without nutritional value. A good rule of thumb is to eat ‘real food’ found in nature, and avoid man-made ‘food’ as much as possible. Include healthy fats such as coconut and olive oil, omega 3 fatty acids, pastured and organic foods.

Eating nourishing foods can help reduce some of the physical symptoms and increase overall health.