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Childhood Obesity In Nigeria: Causes And Suggestions For Control | 66425
ISSN: 2165-7904

Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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Childhood obesity in Nigeria: Causes and suggestions for control

JOINT EVENT 10th International Conference on Childhood Obesity and Nutrition & 2nd International Conference on Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Oparaocha Evangeline Tochi

Federal University of Technology, Nigeria

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Obes Weight Loss Ther

DOI: 10.4172/2165-7904-C1-046

Abstract
Childhood obesity is fast becoming a global public health concern, not only because of increased BMI but majorly due to attendant health consequences. While it is expected that childhood obesity affects only developed, affluent countries, the current trend shows a gradually shift in dimension towards low income, developing countries like Nigeria. Although, causes of obesity differ intrinsically among nations, the health outcomes appear to be similar, which include, renal, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, respiratory and neurological disorders, as well as psychological and emotional problems. Identified causes in Nigeria include among others, shift in lifestyle and behavior, medication, cultural beliefs, taboos, food habit and choices as well as genetic makeup of individuals. Suggested approaches towards control would include timely intervention, health education, lifestyle modification, shift in bogus beliefs and taboos, as well as change in food habit and food preferences. The roll of parents and the media in the control of childhood obesity will also be highlighted.
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