Childhood Obesity: Contributing Factors, Consequences and Intervention
Sherina M.S., and Rozali Ahmad, (2004) Childhood Obesity: Contributing Factors, Consequences and Intervention. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 10 (1). pp. 13-22. ISSN 1394-035X
Official URL: http://nutriweb.org.my/publications/mjn0010_1/mjn10n1_art3.pdf
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dept. of Community Health
Childhood obesity has been growing at an alarming rate and is the most common nutritional problem among children in developed as well as in developing countries. It is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, including cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine and psychosocial morbidities. This unhealthy trend will progress to adulthood and is expected to lead to huge economic costs in health and social security systems. Among the many factors which contribute to the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity include environment and genetic factors. This paper discusses the aetiology, consequences and necessary interventions for this problem.
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