The worldwide prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing rapidly among all age groups. According to the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF), at least 10% of school children aged 5-17 years are overweight or obese, representing a total of 155 million children. It is commonly recognized that obesity is associated with multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and dyslipidemia. The constellation of these metabolic abnormalities and abdominal obesity contribute to the onset of metabolic syndrome (MetS), which has become one of the most severe health problems of the 21st century.
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