March 2004, Volume 10 No. 1

ARTICLE 3

Childhood Obesity: Contributing Factors, Consequences and Intervention

Sherina Mohd Sidik1 & Rozali Ahmad2
1 Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
2 Ministry of Defence, Malaysia

ABSTRACT
Childhood obesity has been growing at an alarming rate and is the most common nutritional problem among children in developed as well as in developing countries. It is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, including cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine and psychosocial morbidities. This unhealthy trend will progress to adulthood and is expected to lead to huge economic costs in health and social security systems. Among the many factors which contribute to the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity include environment and genetic factors. This paper discusses the aetiology, consequences and necessary interventions for this problem.


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