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J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol. 2008;1(2):53-60. doi: 10.4008/jcrpe.v1i2.35. Epub 2008 Nov 1.

Obesity in children.

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Sansum Medical Research Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, USA. DrLfshtz@aol.com

Abstract

The prevalence of childhood obesity has increased dramatically during the past decades all over the world. The majority of obesity in adulthood has its origins in childhood which makes obesity a pediatric concern and the period when interventions should be done. Obesity is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in adult life and several adverse consequences in childhood like insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pulmonary and orthopedic disorders and psychological problems. Both genetic and environmental factors play a role in the development of obesity. Prevention of obesity is critical, since effective treatment of this disease is limited. Food management and increased physical activity must be encouraged, promoted, and prioritized to protect children.

KEYWORDS:

childhood; complications; incidence; obesity; prevention; treatment

PMID:
21318065
PMCID:
PMC3005642
DOI:
10.4008/jcrpe.v1i2.35
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