Childhood Obesity In Nigeria: Causes And Suggestions For Control | 66425
Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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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.