How common is child obesity?

Child obesity is a serious medical problem. It has reached epidemic levels in developed as well as in developing nations. Obese children are above the normal weight for their height and age. Factors that play pivotal role in the rising prevalence of obesity include environmental factors, lifestyle preferences, and cultural environment.

Other causes of child obesity include excessive intake of sugar, increased portion size, and lack of physical activity. Child obesity can adversely affect the physical health, social, and emotional well-being of children. There are certain risks associated with child obesity. These include heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

Child obesity can be treated by various treatments that include diet therapy, physical activity, or behaviour modification. In certain cases, if the obesity in the child is a resultant of some other diseases then medication may be required. 

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