The definition of obesity in children was originally based on the definition used for undernutrition. Weight-for-age and weight-for-height indices are still recommended to define overweight in children. The use of skinfold and circumferences is also recommended. For many reasons, the use of the body mass index (BMI) is increasing. It is based on weight and height which are easily available and reliable measurements. [read more…]
Childhood overweight and obesity are major public health problems worldwide (1,2). Traditionally, a heavy child meant a healthy child, and the concept “bigger is better” was widely accepted. Today, this perception has drastically changed based on evidence that overweight and obesity in childhood are associated with a wide range of serious health complications and increased risk of premature illness and death later in life. [read more…]
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