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.
Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in the Argentinia. It affects more than 30 percent of children, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood. 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).