Childhood overweight and obesity

▪ Overweight and obesity are increasing in children of all ages, and “obese” teenagers enter adult life already with a BMI > 25
▪ Although obese children do not often have immediate health problems, and most obese adults were not obese as children, many obese children become obese adults
▪ Efforts to prevent obesity in childhood and its progression into adulthood are fuelled by a belief that it might be possible to influence lifelong behavioural patterns