Childhood Obesity

Authored by: David L. Suskind , Rikki S. Corniola , Robert M. Suskind

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b15294-54

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Abstract

Obesity in childhood is the major health issue in pediatric health care today. The prevalence of obesity-related comorbidities has risen in parallel with that of obesity. Studies in the United States confirm the growing prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents. 1 Early detection and treatment of obesity are essential. The percentage of obese children who become obese adults is 14% at age 6 months, 2 41% at age 7 years, 3 and about 70% at 10–13 years of age. 4 Conversely, if an obese child does not lose weight by the end of adolescence, the odds against his/her doing so as an adult are 28–1. 5

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