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Number of obese children is rising in an alarming rate, WHO urges to take immediate initiatives

According to World Health Organization, childhood obesity is no longer a selective trouble for developed countries. Urbanization and globalization, rise of unhealthy food habit is magnifying the number of obese children in under developed and developing countries. WHO detailed obese and overweight related health concern in their recent report. WHO also suggested governments to take necessary steps to deal with obesity issue.

The number of overweight and obese children doubled in Africa with two decades. Under the age of five, the number of obese and overweight children raised from 5.4 million to 10.3 million. Currently there are 41 million overweight and obese children under the age of five.

The growing number of obese and overweight children is rising in under developed and developing countries in an alarming rate. This sudden raise of obesity is an intimidating threat and could nullify the decades long accomplishments in health department .Obesity in children is especially distressing because obese child use to suffer ill health all throughout their life. Obesity refrain them from achieving educational attainment and force them living a very unhealthy lifestyle .By the time adulthood approaches obese and overweight children, they become prone to diseases such as diabetes ,cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Ms Sania Nishtar, ECHO, co-chair stated “We know that obesity can impact on educational attainment too and this, combined with the likelihood that they will remain obese into adulthood, poses major health and economic consequences for them, their families and society as a whole”,.

Energy dense unhealthy foods and sugar staffed beverages are also playing a major role in promoting obesity .The immoral encouragement of “Size Up” commercials are bestowing the high calorie in taking   habits of general people. According to the WHO report, result of such habits is directly contributing in developing malnutrition in children. The report says “To date, progress in tackling childhood obesity has been slow and inconsistent”.

WHO suggested that non-government organizations, non-profits, and universities should keep conducting scientific studies so that health issues related to obesity get noticed. WHO also urged that Governmental bodies should consider this issue as of supreme importance and should take necessary steps to tackle spreading obesity. The report also sates that Childhood obesity is no more a U.S monopoly or American public health concern. Overweight and obesity impact on a child’s quality of life. Obesity hamper their life in the long run as they face a wide range of obstacles. Physical, psychological and health consequences are such barriers.

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