DANI SMITH | TACKLING THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC FROM A POSITION OF DEEP UNDERSTANDING

Mar 20, 2018

Dani Smith is the founder of Glow For life and is on a mission to help and change the lives of as many families, children and individuals as possible. With the ever-increasing prevalence of obesity, depression and anxiety, she teaches people how to value their health and look at it holistically in Mind Body and Soul and how to GLOW FOR LIFE.

Obesity is a problem that nearly every nation in the world is facing, but there is much that we can do to fix it. Richard Attias

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Childhood overweight and obesity 

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. The prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. Globally, in 2016 the number of overweight children under the age of five, is estimated to be over 41 million. Almost half of all overweight children under 5 lived in Asia and one quarter lived in Africa.

Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop non-communicable 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.

The WHO Member States in the 66th World Health Assembly have agreed on a voluntary global NCD target to halt the rise in diabetes and obesity.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity in adolescents is defined according to the WHO growth reference for school-aged children and adolescents (overweight = one standard deviation body mass index for age and sex, and obese = two standard deviations body mass index for age and sex).

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