Obesity in Childhood

Editor(s): International Committee of Paediatricians Annales Nestlé Vol.59 / 2,  2001
  • Global Trends of Childhood Obesity - Long-Term Consequences

    Author(s): W. Philip, T. James

    Until recently, paediatricians in most parts of the world took little interest in the problem of childhood obesity because it was an unusual condition, often associated with such genetic disorders as the Prader-Willi syndrome or occurring in response to severe brain damage during childbirth. Occasional children coming from exceptionally disturbed families were also affected, but there was not much clinical interest because the handicap of being obese were either psychological from being seen to be abnormal or the skeletal consequences of gross overweight in a growing child. Any European country had therefore only one or two paediatricians providing national expertise; a host of other more urgent medical problems dominated paediatric priorities. Only in the United States (US) was there greater interest, perhaps conditioned not only by the greater frequency of childhood obesity in the 1970s and early 1980s, but also because of the dominant role of paediatricians in the routine care of children.

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