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The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 85, Issue 6, pp 461–462 | Cite as

Rising Obesity in Children: A Serious Public Health Concern

  • Christian L. Roth
  • Vandana Jain
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According to recent data from 195 countries, childhood obesity has increased globally, affecting a total of 107.7 million children in the year 2015 [1]. The rate of increase in prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes is higher in children than in adults [1]. Pediatric obesity predisposes to lifelong excess weight [2] and raises a person’s risk of significant comorbidities, including breathing problems, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, musculoskeletal disorders, mood disturbances, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, glucose intolerance, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, atherosclerosis already starting in childhood and even many cancers [1, 3]. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of obesity-related death in many countries [1].

Despite efforts to combat these trends, existing prevention and intervention strategies have not curtailed rising obesity rates in children [1, 4], possibly because they do not sufficiently address the underlying contributors. In modern...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Department of PediatricsSeattle Children’s Hospital, University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Center for Integrative Brain ResearchSeattle Children’s Research InstituteSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Department of PediatricsAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia

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