41 Million under 5 children are at risk of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, others according to World Health Organisation (WHO).
This is indeed an alarming statistics. It is said that among this, Africa shared about 10.3 million of the figure. These 41 million children around the world are obese. And judging from argument of health experts, the children may grow to battle killer diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and other heart related problems later in life if swift solutions are not proffered by government of nations where such children exist and there relatives.
WHO defines overweight and obesity as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.
Obesity and overweight are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes. According to WHO, overweight prevalence among children aged under-five has risen between 1990 & 2014, from 4.8% to 6.1% with numbers of affected children rising from 31 million to 41 million during that time period.
The number of overweight children in lower, middle income countries has more than doubled over that period from 7.5 million to 15.5 million, the institution argued further in the summary of the report which it made available on its website; ‘in 2014 almost half (48%), of all overweight and obese children aged under 5 years lived in Asia and one quarter (25%) in Africa. The number of overweight children aged under 5 years in Africa has nearly doubled since 1990 (5.4 million – 10.3 million)”, it stated. Children are growing up in environment that promotes obesity and weight gain.
The report continued, “Driven by globalization and urbanization, exposure to unhealthy (obesogenic) environment is increasing in high, middle and low income countries and across all socioeconomic groups.
The marketing of unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages was identified as a major factor in the increase in number of children being overweight and obese particularly in developing countries.
Eat healthy. Choose fruits and vegetables over unhealthy “amenity diet”.