The World Health Organisation commission revealed that childhood obesity has reached alarming proportions globally, has become an ‘exploding nightmare’ in developing countries. Even in Africa, the number of obese children under age five has nearly doubled since 1990.
The authors of the report reiterated that childhood obesity was never treated as a serious public health issue, but as a product of wrong lifestyle choices.
The commission chairman Peter Gluckman told reporters that biological factors, inadequate access to healthy foods, less physical activity in schools and unregulated marketing of fattening foods are driving childhood obesity epidemic. He also said that common sense strategies like adopting healthy lifestyles to higher taxes on sugary drinks should have been implemented in the world to check it. Read the whole article here: