CHILDHOOD OBESITY

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CHILDHOOD OBESITY

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

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Obesity is one of the major health issues facing the world in the 21st century. It is a medical condition which is characterized by excess fat accumulated in the body to an extent that has adverse health effects.  Obesity leads to reduced life expectancy and aggravated health problems (Kopelman, 2005). While obesity was initially thought to be condition that affected old people only, the epidemiology of the disease has changed drastically and today, obesity is a major childhood health concern. It has led to increased likelihood of different diseases among children and adolescents particularly heart diseases, Type I and II diabetes, breathing and sleeping problems, some types of cancer and others. While childhood obesity remains major concern, it can be prevented through proper diet and exercises, but this will take efforts of all stakeholders including children, adolescents, parents, and nutritionists.