Global trends in childhood obesity: Who should we blame?

Oommen, Vinesh G. (2008) Global trends in childhood obesity: Who should we blame? In Australian College of Health Service Executives 2008 QLD State Conference, 29 - 30 May 2008, Gold Coast, Australia.


Obesity is considered around the world as one of the worst epidemics of the 21st century. The overweight and obesity which is commonly seen in adults is now a major health problem for children and young people. Although childhood obesity has been there over a long period of time in history, there is a growing indication that the incidence rates these days are greater than ever before. For children the prevalence of overweight has increased at such levels that governments of various countries need to take drastic measures in the coming years to curb this growing epidemic. Childhood obesity is a major concern not only in developed countries, but also for developing countries where obesity is more commonly seen in the higher socioeconomic classes. One of the biggest question that needs to be answered is who should we blame for the ever increasing trends in childhood obesity.

This manuscript will therefore define what obesity means and will illustrate the global trends seen in obesity. The major health problems that may occur in obese children will also be discussed along with the important factors that cause overweight in children.

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ID Code: 13645
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: childhood obesity, epidemic, food, media, advertising, marketing
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Vinesh G. Oommen
Deposited On: 03 Jun 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:59

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