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Adolescent Obesity – Emerging Public Health Problem of 21st Century

20 Apr 2022 8:03 AM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

World Health Organization (WHO) has defined a child is as “a person less than 19 years of age unless there is a separate definition as per the national law”. Adolescent period refers to the age group of 10 to 19 years.5 The prevalence of obesity is mounting at an alarming rate in this Century. It is a risk factor which is highly preventable and primordial prevention is the key to bring down the rates of adolescent obesity. In the year 2016, around 340 million children were noted to be overweight across the world. The preva-ence of obesity in childhood has risen four-fold since 1980s. WHO has set cut off values for identifying overweight and obesity for children aged 5-19 years taking into consideration the age and sex of children as body weight varies accordingly.6, [National Journal of Community Health 1.2022]

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