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FAST FACTS ABOUT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Jul 21, 2020

  1. Paediatric obesity has reached epidemic proportions when compared with just 20 years ago.

     

  2. Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.

     

  3. Globally, in 2016 the number of overweight children under the age of five, is estimated to be over 41 million. Almost half of all overweight children under 5 lived in Asia and one quarter lived in Africa.

     

  4. The vast majority of overweight or obese children live in developing countries, where the rate of increase has been more than 30% higher than that of developed countries.

     

  5. The number of overweight children aged under 5 in Africa has nearly doubled since 1990.

     

  6. Obesity in childhood is associated with a wide range of serious health complications and an increased risk of premature onset of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease.