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Obesity in children – an increasing pediatric issue
Obesity represents the most common nutritional dysfunction in children in the developed countries of the world (15 to 30% of the teenagers in the USA), its frequency also alarmingly increasing in Romania. First childhood obesity is frequent; the more precocious the onset moment and the more excessive weight of the child, the less favorable the obesity prognosis. Adolescent obesity epidemic is a global issue. Overweight and obesity prevalence was particularly high in countries located in North America, Great Britain and southwestern Europe.
Key words: overweight, obesity, epidemiology, children