Childhood obesity: a weighty problem that affects us all

Obesidad infantil

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that develops when excess body fat negatively affects your child, limiting his or her capacity to perform certain activities and affecting physical and emotional well-being. This is a problem that, on reaching adulthood, can provoke hypertension, high blood cholesterol levels, diabetes, low self-esteem and even depression.

WHAT CAUSES CHILDHOOD OBESITY? According to experts, changes in eating habits in modern society and a sedentary lifestyle are the principal factors that give rise to this condition. As we spend more and more time playing video games and using the Internet, the future is looking bleak. Data and statistics from recent years are a cause for concern as, in addition to the consequences for affected children and their environment, childhood obesity is becoming a problem for the whole of society, and action must be taken. Not only to improve our children’s quality of life, but to also reduce the ever higher Read more

Social networks as a tool to improve information and health

Redes sociales y medicina, búsquedas en Internet

We have all searched for information on a medical condition on social networks or consulted doctors or therapists through their profiles on Twitter or their Facebook page. According to a study carried out by Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group, more than 90% of people between 18 and 24 years of age consider the health information that they find on the social networks to be reliable.

Regarding the use of Smartphones for access to social networks, that same study confirmed that 50% of adults use their telephones with an internet connection to search for answers to questions about their health. How should the medical community react to this situation? Using the potential of social media to our own and our patients’ advantage. Social networks are a powerful and wide-reaching tool that, with an appropriate and rigorous approach, can represent a major source of knowledge and communication. When searching for information on a subject as essential as health, it is important that the sources are reliable. This is the key. According Read more