Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.
Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or her height. Children grow at different rates, so it isn't always easy to know when a child is obese or overweight. Ask your health care provider to check whether your child's weight and height are in a healthy range.
Related Journals of Childhood Obesity
Journal of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy, Childhood Obesity: Open Access, Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy, Obesity & Eating Disorders, Research & Reviews: Journal of Nursing & Health Science, Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, Journal of Nutrition and Health, Childhood Obesity, Obesity, Obesity Surgery, Pediatric Obesity, International Journal of Obesity