Childhood obesity and nutrition
Childhood obesity and nutrition are critical topics that have gained increasing attention in recent years due to their significant impact on the health and well-being of children. Childhood obesity refers to excess body weight in children and adolescents, often resulting from an imbalance between calorie intake and physical activity. Poor nutrition, characterized by the consumption of unhealthy foods high in sugar, fat, and processed ingredients, contributes to the development of obesity and related health complications.
Childhood obesity has become a global epidemic, affecting children of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and geographical regions. It poses serious health risks, both immediate and long-term, including an increased likelihood of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and certain types of cancer. Moreover, obese children are at higher risk of experiencing psychological and social challenges, including low self-esteem, depression, and stigmatization.