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Jakarta Post

[COMMENTARY] How we could win the fight against childhood obesity

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 21, 2020   /  10:33 pm
[COMMENTARY] How we could win the fight against childhood obesity Sweetened condensed milk is able to increase the risk of diabetes, obesity and cavity in children. (Shutterstock/File)

The coronavirus pandemic has brought about drastic changes in people’s lifestyles. Limitations imposed during COVID-19 have led us to do less physical activity, a key factor that can increase the risk of becoming overweight. With more frequent sedentary activities, such as playing computer games or watching TV, young people, in particular children, are at an increased risk of health problems linked to being overweight and obesity. Obesity undermines not only children’s physical health, but also their school performance, self-confidence and even mental health. Concerning the huge personal costs borne by children living with obesity, the clock is ticking for countries, including Indonesia, to initiate more concerted efforts to create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle. Obesity is currently one of top risk factors of the global burden of diseases. It has b...