Obesity in children: a case for Tennessee

  • Lita Warise

Abstract

Obesity is a chronic condition that affects personal health, morbidity and mortality rates, psychological wellness, and health care costs. There has been a worldwide increase of obesity in children. More than half of adults in the United States are overweight and the incidence of obesity in adolescents has almost tripled in the past 30 years. Obesity has a complex and multi-factorial etiology and a significant economic impact. Obesity predisposes children to cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, depression, and numerous other conditions. Adult-onset diabetes was renamed to Type 2 diabetes to accommodate the escalating rate of diagnosis in obese children. Thus intervention strategies are indicated and the primary prevention interventions for Tennessee include standardization of data collection,  breastfeeding  promotion,  improved  physical  activity infrastructure,  and  education I marketing programmes.


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