Childhood Obesity- Diagnostic Methods, Prevalence and Etiology

  • F. Serdar GÜREL
  • Gülten INAN

Received Date: 30.04.2001 Accepted Date: 25.11.2001 Meandros Med Dent J 2001;2(3):39-46

Just like increase in adult obesity, the prevalence of childhood obesity is also on the rise. Changes in dietary composition and a decrease in the amount of motion are held responsible for this increase in prevalence. Apart from these, obesity is becoming a common health problem because of changing life styles and the lack of treatment due to the ignorence of both parents and physicians. Obesity seems to continue to be an important public health problem in future.

Keywords: Childhood, obesity, prevalence, diagnosis