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Indian J Med Res. 2010 November; 132(5): 598–607. PMCID: PMC3028965 Obesity in children & adolescents Manu Raj and R. Krishna Kumar Department of Pediatric Cardiology Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Kochi, Kerala, India Reprint requests: Dr Manu Raj, Associate Professor (Research), Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Kochi 682 041, Kerala, India e-mail: drmanuraj@gmail.com Author information > Article notes > Copyright and License information > Received April 30, 2009 Copyright © The Indian Journal of Medical Research This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution L


It is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and significantly increases the risk of morbidity and mortality. The last two decades have witnessed an increase in health care costs due to obesity and related issues among children and adolescents. Childhood obesity is a global phenomenon affecting all socio-economic groups, irrespective of age, sex or ethnicity. Aetiopathogenesis of childhood obesity is multi-factorial and includes genetic, neuroendocrine, metabolic, psychological, environmental and socio-cultural factors. Many co-morbid conditions like metabolic, cardiovascular, psychological, orthopaedic, neurological, hepatic, pulmonary and renal disorders are seen in association with childhood obesity. ...
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