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Childhood Obesity

By | November 2012
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Nowadays, many people weight more than they should. Doctors called the overweight. When a person is exceptionally fat, doctor address the condition obesity. Obesity is a medical condition where the excess body fat has accrued to the extent that it may have unfavorable paraphernalia, which will lead to decrease of life expectancy or increased in major health diseases (Haslam & James, 2005). Obesity in children is a serious issues where many health and social consequences that usually affects into adulthood. An attempt is made here to study the nature of childhood obesity. It first focus is on the events that led to childhood obesity, then the social, economic and political factors that influence the childhood obesity, implications on the food industry, solution for the childhood obesity and recommendations to avoid or decrease the childhood obesity. Children are painstaking as obese when their body mass index (BMI), which is known as a measurement that can be obtained by dividing a person weight in kilograms (kg) by the square of the person heights in meters (m) surpass 30 kg/m2 (WHO, 2009). According to Barness and Optiz (2000), obesity is a prominent inevitable root of death to the whole nations (WHO, 2009). They added that, with a snowballing incidence in children and the ruling classes view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. According to University Putra Malaysia Professor, Prof Dr. Zalilah Mohd Shariff from her statement from New Straits Time newspaper dated 13 October 2012, Titles ‘More Obese Stunted Malaysian Children, she state that, the risk of prevalence of childhood obesity threatens an entire generation of children, with serious health problem such as heart disease, strokes and cancer causing scientist to forecast a 2 to 5 years drop in life expectancy unless drastic measures are taken to reduce or prevent obesity in children. Scientists had done a lot of studies that can lead to this issue and they conclude...

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