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Obesity Can Affect Health And Academics.



The number of obese or overweight children has risen by 10 million worldwide since 1990 and there are now more overweight and obese children in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries, the WHO said.

In developing countries, the number of overweight children more than doubled to 15.5 million in 2014 from 7.5 million in 1990, driven by globalization and urbanization, a report by the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) said.

Overweight and obesity affects  a child’s quality of life, as they face a wide range of barriers, which includes physical, psychological and health consequences. Health issues that may come up are high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.They are at risk of developing them into adulthood.

Mentally,such children as perceived by themselves, have low self esteem, fatigued,difficulty in playing sports and don't sleep well, according to findings.
                                                 Difficulty in playing sports

Obesity can also affect  educational attainment too.A study by Sara Gable an associate professor in nutrition and exercise physiology found that kids who were obese from kindergarten through 5th grade did worse on maths test than kids who weren't overweight. 

The likelihood that they will remain obese into adulthood,of course poses major health and economic consequences for them.


The marketing of unhealthy food and drinks is the major reason why there's  increase in numbers of overweight and obese children, particularly in the developing world, the WHO said.

Almost half of overweight and obese children under five live in Asia and 25 percent in Africa, where the number of overweight children almost doubled to 10.3 million in 2014 from 5.4 million in 1990, the WHO said.It said Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Botswana had the highest percentage of overweight children among African countries.

Children who don’t have access to enough nutritious food in early childhood are at an particularly high risk of becoming obese when their food intake and activity levels change, the WHO said.

The report said that obesity epidemic has the potential to reverse many health gains across the globe and called on governments to address what it called a major health challenge.

Among its recommendations, the WHO said governments should promote healthy foods, physical activity and healthy school environments. 



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