Obesity is a condition in which an individual is above the normal weight for his/her age and height. Obesity in children termed as childhood obesity. The more weight is gained by excessive fat accumulation which impairs health and leads to various body functioning disorders like thyroid diseases, diabetes, etc. If Body mass index (BMI) is more than 85%, will be considered as overweight and if it is above 95% it will be considered as the individual is obese.
This number has more than tripled since 1980. In Argentina, obesity is second only to smoking as the largest preventable cause of death. 18% of the population is obese (having a Body Mass Index of over 30) and 50% overweight (with a BMI of higher than 24.9). Body Mass Index is based on the relationship between the height and weight of a person and should ideally be between 18.5 and 24.9.