Monday, 29 August 2011

Childhood Obesity and Diabetes

Childhood Obesity and Diabetes
Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or wellbeing.The first problems to occur in obese children are usually emotional or psychological. Childhood obesity however can also lead to life-threatening conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep problems, cancer, and other disorders.

Childhood overweight and obesity on the rise

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges .Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. Overweight and obesity, as well as their related diseases, are largely preventable. Prevention of childhood obesity therefore needs high priority. 

M.V.Hospital-Childhood Obesity

M.V. Hospital for Diabetes, with the primary aim of creating awareness on childhood obesity and diabetes, launched a nationwide campaign on prevention of obesity and diabetes among children. The obesity among children is increasing at an alarming rate. This is leading to very early development of diabetes and heart diseases among children. Dr. Vijay Viswanathan, the managing director of M.V. Hospital organized a function in Chennai on November 11, 2007 to launch the nationwide campaign against childhood obesity and diabetes. 

Various activities were conducted by the hospital such as an exhibition, poster competition and puppet show depicting childhood obesity, its problems and prevention. Mr. K.S. Ravikumar, film director, distributed awards and prizes to the winners of the poster competition.

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