Acta Scientific Nutritional Health (ASNH)(ISSN: 2582-1423)

Short Communication Volume 4 Issue 3

Overweight and Obesity

Tina Cloney*

Millikin University, Illinois, USA

*Corresponding Author: Tina Cloney, Millikin University, Illinois, USA.

Received: January 20, 2020; Published: February 07, 2020


  Rates of overweight and obesity are too high in both children and adults across the United States and most other countries across the world [1,2]. The prevalence of obesity in childhood has doubled in 73 countries and continues to grow in many other countries [3]. The rate of overweight and obesity across the world in 0 to 5 years olds increased from 32 million children to 41 million children in 2016, and 107.7 million children overall [3,4]. There has been more than a 30% higher increase in the number of overweight or obese children in developing countries compared to developed countries. Overweight affects 21.4% of children in the United States [3]. Obesity affects 18.5% of children in the United States [6]. The age distribution among children is 13.9% of two to five year olds, 18.4% of six to 11 year olds, and 20.6% of 12 to 19 year olds [6]. Untreated childhood obesity often continues into adulthood [6].



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Citation: Tina Cloney. “Overweight and Obesity". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 4.3 (2020): 40-41.


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