NNI Newsletter July 2014 - Nestle Nutrition Institute India

Editor(s): NNI Newsletter Vol.2 / 3,  2014

Summary

The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that overweight and obesity is expected to soon replace the current public health challenges of undernutrition and infectious diseases. The obesity figures worldwide has nearly doubled since 1980. In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese. WHO in 2012 had estimated that more than 40 million children under the age of 5 were either overweight or obese1. Mounting evidence justifies early intervention for treating and preventing

childhood obesity. Since paediatricians are being confronted with typical obesity complications that were once confined to adults, it is crucial that childhood obesity be treated as soon as it is detected. Almost 4 in 10 Indian affluent children suffer from overweight and obesity. However, considering the magnitude of the problem, not all obese children are likely to receive specialised professional care. Typically, parents look up to paediatricians and family practitioners for advice on any issues related to child healthcare.