If your child is 5 years and has weight that falls above 20.27kg (for boys) and 19.95kg (for girls) then that child is already overweight and you should seek help.

Child obesity is increasing and parents or caregivers are the major cause of this.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning parents over this dangerous trend, but some have refused to listen, trading the child’s future with fatty food and sweetened drinks.

An estimated 41 million children under the age of 5 worldwide are obese or overweight, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

One quarter of that figure, which is 10.250 million, live in Africa and Nigeria, being the most populous in Africa, has a large share in that number.

We see them now in their school uniforms, in churches, mosques and other social gatherings, rolling with their weights and some parents take that as evidence they are taking good care of their children.

Consequences

WHO is warning that without effective treatment they are very likely to remain overweight and obese throughout their lives, putting them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and premature death, as well as suffering physical and psychological consequences in childhood.

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The UN health agency experts on Wednesday issued the warning at the launch of new guidelines to tackle what they called a global epidemic.

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Being overweight is a function of what the child eats, drinks and other lifestyle activities


WHO said it was faced with evidence indicating that the problem affected rich and poor countries alike.

It released details on how primary healthcare workers can identify and help children who are overweight or obese.

The just-published obesity guidelines included counselling and dieting, an assessment of eating habits along with the more usual weight and height measurements.

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WHO said the prevalence of obesity in children reflected changing patterns towards unhealthy diets and physical inactivity.

“Urbanisation, increased incomes, availability of fast foods, educational demands, television viewing and gaming have led to a rise in the consumption of foods high in fats, sugar and salt, as well as lower levels of physical activity.

“While there have been major public health interventions to promote improved diet and patterns of physical activity in adults, the contribution of antenatal and young-child interventions to reducing the risk of obesity in later life have not been significantly reviewed,” the guideline highlighted.

WHO recommends that all infants and children aged less than 5 years brought to primary health-care facilities should have both weight and height measured in order to determine their weight-for-height and their nutritional status according to WHO child growth standards.

Find out if your child is overweight by checking his or her Body Max Index today. It is the weight of the individual divided by the square of the height measurement (height multiplied by height).

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