Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa (İÜC) Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine Department of Child Health and Diseases Faculty Member Assoc. Dr. Ömer Faruk Başer stated that due to the wrong eating habits acquired during the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic, metabolic syndrome, which affects many systems, causes fat in the liver and develops insulin resistance, has started to be seen in children.
Assoc. Dr. Başer, in his assessment to the AA correspondent, explained that children who spent most of their time at home during the epidemic both decreased their mobility and their diet changed.
Pointing out that their eating habits have undergone two-way changes, Başer stated that on the one hand, there are children who have poor nutrition but are afraid of going to the doctor due to Kovid-19 and therefore have deepened nutritional disorders, and on the other, there are children who have increased contact with food because they are constantly at home.
Başer stated that as children adopt the habit of snacking on the food they see on the table after their classes, their contact with food increased and some meal irregularities started, and as a result of this, both weight gain and metabolic syndrome affecting many systems, fat in the liver and developing insulin resistance. .
“Metabolic syndrome with fatty liver is very important for us. Because we were seeing these diseases in the adult age group recently.” Başer said, continued as follows:
“The only reason for this is not nutrition. The sitting and inactivity of our children at the computer caused an increase in the diameter and fat especially around the abdomen. In addition, due to the high carbohydrate content of the foods consumed and the high glycemic index, the excess fat causes storage under the skin, liver and various organs. In the second stage, liver dysfunctions can also occur. This scares us a lot. Our treatment approaches also include ensuring our child’s diet and exercise as much as possible. “
Most obese children have fatty liver
Assoc. Dr. Başer stated that fatty liver, which can occur with metabolic syndrome, can cause an inflammatory condition that disrupts the liver and eventually cirrhosis due to unknown reasons.
America in the period adolescents in recent years (10-18 age range) has reached 20 percent rate of obesity in individuals, indicating that Turkey also 10-12 per cent of the level of this ratio Baser, that obese children large section mean that fatty liver is expressed.
Explaining that the epidemic is not the only culprit in these ailments, Başer stated that the food contents have already deteriorated in recent years, and that too much food contact and increased inactivity have brought these problems to the fore.
In recent years, they often coincides with fatty liver disease in their patients admitted Referring Baser, Turkey “We have based study, but in regional-based studies, in particular, we see that up to 6-8-10 percent in the adolescent age group. Was much lower than in past years.” said.
Saying that if fatty liver disease, which has many reasons, is caused by irregular diet and weight gain, they advise families to provide their children’s diet, Başer listed the following recommendations on how the distribution in meals should be:
“Breakfast is gold for us. Unfortunately, our children started to go to bed and wake up late during the period of Kovid-19. When they wake up late, breakfast is missed. We do not want this. We do not want this. A breakfast with cheese, olives, vegetables depending on the season, maybe walnuts and hazelnuts should be made. It is also very important not to skip dinners. Vegetable and meat dishes and as many grains as necessary should be included in one of the two meals. We recommend that they remove the unhealthy part we describe as “junk food” from the snacks. Dried figs, dried apricots and prunes, almonds and walnuts. We have many healthy snacks such as. Snacks that our mothers will create at home using them will regulate the nutrition. “
Assoc. Dr. Ömer Faruk Başer underlined that it is also important to move in addition to nutrition, and suggested that movement should be done at least 3 to 4 days a week in the park or garden, and calm hours should be preferred for exercise due to the epidemic.
Warning the parents to be careful with the foodstuffs their children come into contact with at home, Başer advised them to stay on the healthy side in the food they will serve.