The future of an overweight preschooler? You can be a teenager – and adult – obese

An overweight child is not a matter of gambling. Compared to their normal-weight companions, a child who has passed pounds (5 pounds) at 5 years of age has a fourfold higher risk of being obese when they reach adolescence and continues in adulthood, with all the complications entails This is demonstrated by a recent study.

The alarming levels of obesity continue to grow throughout the world. The sad thing is that they not only increase among adults but also among children. Although obesity rates are still higher among adults, in relative terms, in some countries such as the United States, Brazil, and China, for example, there is an even greater increase in obesity among children than in the elderly. It is one of the most serious public health problems of this century and it is not for less. Imagine all the negative effects of obesity (heart disease, cancer incidence, diabetes, to name a few), affecting the lives of millions of people starting in childhood.

According to information from the School of Public Health of Harvard University, it is estimated that around 43 million children under 5 years of age worldwide were overweight or obese in 2010, an increase of 60 percent in relation to 1990 data If the trend continues, it is estimated that by 2020, 9 percent of all preschool children in the world (around 60 million children) will be overweight or obese.

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