There are many child obesity factors that can lead to increased suicide attempts in obese children. Obesity in children leads to kids having to deal with hazing, depression, bullying and lower self esteem. Every day they get put down and demeaned because of their weight, they get picked last in gym, kids avoid playing with them, and they have trouble fitting in. When you combine all of these factors, you get a suicide attempt.
Some parents may think that suicide is nothing to worry about, since they are under the false impression that suicide is not a big threat and is just a rare occurrence. Well they'd be wrong. Suicide is a major threat in this country. Every year more than 300,000 kids aged 15 to 24 attempt suicide. And there are also another 17,000 suicide attempts made by kids aged 10 to 14.
To put that in terms easier to comprehend. The 300,000 kids in the 15 to 24 group who attempted suicide, would make up the undergraduate student bodies of about 12 universities. While the 17,000 kids in the 10 to 14 group, would make up the student bodies of about 15 middle schools. And children suffering from childhood obesity are at a higher risk of trying suicide than their peers.
However, before the kids decide to attempt killing themselves, they will almost always give you warning signs about their future attempt to gauge your reaction. In fact 75% will even give you a verbal warning about their intention. It will not be as clear as "mom I'm going to try killing myself tomorrow", but afterwards, after your child is dead or hospitalized, you'll be able to look back and find the 1-2 sentences which could have helped you save the child's life. Unfortunately most parents will ignore the warning signs, and will just brush them off as "kids will be kids", which is absolutely the worst thing you can do, since it gives the child the green light by giving them the idea that no one would miss them if they were gone.
Hopefully this child obesity article opened your eyes about the risk of suicide in obese children. If you have an obese child, it's your responsibility to learn all the potential suicide warning signs so that you'll be able to notice when you child becomes suicidal and can intervene to safe their live.
Foundation Dedicated to Curing Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Aims to Request that New York Governor Proclaim September 10-16 as a Week Dedicated to Duchenne Awareness and Education
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ–(Marketwired – May 22, 2017) – On June 13, JAR of Hope, one of the world’s foremost foundations dedicated to funding research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, will attempt to pass legislation that would make September 10-16 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week in the state of New York.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common terminal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately one in every 3,500 live male births with 20,000 new cases each year worldwide. Duchenne is a muscle wasting disease caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes dystrophin. In the absence of dystrophin, the muscle cells are easily damaged resulting in progressive loss of strength and motor function. The disease leads to serious medical problems, particularly issues related to the heart and lungs. Although some medical treatments slow Duchenne’s progression, there is currently no cure and patients typically only live until their late twenties.
JAR of Hope, in conjunction with New York City Assemblyman Michael Cusick, will request New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare September 10-16 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week across the state. The awareness week will highlight the importance of identifying and communicating early warning signs of Duchenne, which is vital for early detection.
Jim Raffone, President and Founder of JAR of Hope, was recently on hand to assist the College of Staten Island High School in breaking a world record for the number of people completing push-ups as a group (495). Raffone strives to expand awareness of JAR of Hope’s plight in order to cure this fatal disease that his eight-year-old son, Jamesy, was diagnosed with four years ago. “Although I’m grateful for the effort of my hometown, Staten Island, getting behind our campaign, it’s important that our initiative spreads beyond New York City and New Jersey to raise awareness for every child regardless of geographic location. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy affects children of all genders, races, and backgrounds throughout the world. We will not stop until Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a household name and we have cured at least one child.”
JAR of Hope encourages anybody willing to support Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week to come out to Albany on June 13.
For all additional information regarding JAR of Hope, or to become a JAR of Hope ambassador by way of donations or event participation, please visit www.jarofhope.org.
About JAR of Hope:
JAR of Hope was founded in 2013 by James Raffone, after his young son, Jamesy, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne is a form of muscular dystrophy that is caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene. The absence of dystrophin results in muscle deterioration — leading to paralysis, decreased cardiac function, and eventual death. Duchenne affects about 300,000 young males worldwide with approximately 20,000 cases in the United States. Currently, Duchenne has no cure and the average life expectancy of those affected is 25 years. However, JAR of Hope is devoted to eliminating the disease by bringing awareness and raising funds directed to ongoing research.