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Obesity in children, time to stop turning blind eye

  • Diadra Annisa

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 16, 2019   /  09:49 am
Obesity in children, time to stop turning blind eye According to the World Health Organization, half of overweight children under 5 years of age live in Asia. (Shutterstock/Sharomka)

In the era of social media, many videos of chubby and often obese children are posted and seen as cute, healthy and perfectly normal. This mindset will lead to catastrophic health outcomes in the next 10 to 20 years. Obesity and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in youth are growing concerns worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, half of overweight children under 5 years of age live in Asia. A large portion of these NCDs stems from poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle from early life. The Basic Health Survey (Riskesdas) in 2018 reported that 8 percent of children under 5 are overweight or obese. Although many view obesity and NCDs as diseases of “rich people”, data prove otherwise: Riskesdas 2018 shows the highest rate of overweight and obese children under 5 occur in Papua, one of the poorest provinces. Hence, obesity affects all layers of society. ...

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