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Childhood Obesity


Childhood obesity is on the rise. Childhood obesity is not just a cosmetic problem anymore as these children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disorders at a younger age.

As per WHO, the prevalence of childhood obesity has increased at an alarming rate. Globally, in 2010 the number of overweight children under the age of five was estimated to be over 42 million. Close to 35 million of these are living in the developing countries.

What leads to Childhood Obesity?

  • Increased intake of junk and processed food products that are high in fat and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals and other healthy micronutrients
  • Decreased physical activity levels with the growing use of computers, increased time watching television and decreased physical education in schools
  • Heredity and family history of obesity
  • Social and economic development and policies in the areas of agriculture, transport, urban planning, food processing, distribution and marketing

What are the consequences of Childhood Obesity?

A higher chance of premature death or disability in adulthood Obesity into adulthood associated with many short-term and long-term health problems Developing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like diabetes and cardiovascular disorders at a younger age

How can we prevent this condition?

  • By including more fruits and vegetables as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts in your diet
  • By limiting energy intake of total fats, and shifting fat consumption from saturated fats to unsaturated fats
  • By restricting the intake of sugars and salt rich foods
  • By increasing physically activity, i.e., at least 60 minutes of regular, moderate to vigorous-intensity activity everyday

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