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Childhood Obesity: World?s Messy Issue

The terms overweight and obese are used to describe different levels of excessive body mass. Defining obesity in adults is usually accomplished by measuring their Body Mass Index (BMI) (defined as {weight (kg)/[height(m)]2}) and, if it is above a certain value, the individual is classed as obese. In children and adolescents however, this is not so easily done. This is because certain factors such as age, growth rate, and puberty have considerable influences on the rates of fat deposition and removal and, thusly, on the amount of fat that is required to be available at any given time. This has made creating an overarching standard for all ages that define being overweight and obese very difficult.

Citation: Kumar P, Raaj V (2015) Childhood Obesity: World’s Messy Issue. J Diabetes Metab 6:001.

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