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A child is defined as “affected by obesity” if their body mass index percentile is greater than 95 percent. A child is defined as “overweight” if their BMI percentile is greater than 85 percent and less than 95 percent.

Statistics show children who are born to one obese or overweight parent have a 50% chance of becoming obese or overweight. If both parents are obese or overweight, the child has an 80% chance of becoming obese or overweight. This is not due only to genetics, but to the environment the child is raised in. 

How can Overweight and Obesity be Reduced? 

During the last decades, the scientific literature has grown with evidence attributing bad nutrition as the main cause of the most chronic diseases in the world. These include cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and poor bone health.​​​

 According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most people die, globally, because of the way they eat, than tobacco use, accidents or any other lifestyle or environmental factors. 


"Most People die, globally, because of the way they eat, than by tobacco use, accidents or any other lifestyle or environmental factors" 

~ World Health Organization(WHO).

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  • ​​​​​​Obesity is usually the result of an imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended.
  • Eating a healthy diet can help prevent obesity. Increase consumption of fruit and vegetables, as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts.
  • ​Regular physical activity helps maintain a healthy body; at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity physical activity on most days reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, colon cancer and breast cancer.
  • Muscle strengthening and balance training can reduce falls and improve mobility among older adults. More activity may be required for weight control.
  • ​Supportive environments and communities are fundamental in shaping people’s choices and preventing obesity. Individual responsibility can only have its full effect where people have access to a healthy lifestyle, and are supported to make healthy choices.

Source: Data extracted from the World Health Organisation Fact sheet N°311 Updated October 2017

Today more and more children are being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension and other co-morbid conditions associated with obesity and morbid obesity.  Preventing obesity during childhood is crucial, because the habits that are formed during childhood are often carried throughout adulthood.​ 

A child is defined as “affected by obesity” if their body mass index percentile is greater than 95 percent.

A child is defined as “overweight” if their BMI percentile is greater than 85 percent and less than 95 percent.

Studies indicate that life expectancy for the overweight and obese will be 13 years less than someone of normal weight. For the first time ever, the next generation will not live longer than their parents.

World Health Organization(WHO) January 2017

Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents risks to health.


Adults are defined overweight when their Body Mass Level (BMI) is greater than or equal to 25.

An adult is defined as Obese when their BMI is greater than or equal to 30.

  • ​Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
  • 2.8 million people each year die as a result of being overweight or obese; 44% of diabetes; 23% of ischemic heart disease and 7–41% of certain cancers that                   are attributable to overweight and obesity.
  • 65% of the world's population live in a country where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. This includes all high-income and middle-income countries.​ 
  • Overweight children are likely to become obese adults.

  • Overweight children are more likely than non-overweight children to develop diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age, which in turn are associated with a higher chance of premature death and disability.
  • Children's choices, diet and physical activity habits are influenced by their surrounding environment. ​
  • Children in low- and middle-income countries are more vulnerable to inadequate nutrition; they are exposed to micro-nutrient-poor foods; high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt, high starchy carbohydrate food, etc.. which tend to be lower in cost but also lower in nutrient quality.​


If you're overweight or obese, you still can reduce your risk for heart disease by successfully losing weight and keeping it off.​​

Facts & Figures; World Health Organization (WHO)