Global, national and local child obesity rates are alarmingly high and its negative effects often extend to adulthood.
We chose to tackle obesity in children through our programme because:
Obesity in childhood is associated with serious health complications and increased risk of diabetes and heart disease in adulthood.
The direct drivers of childhood obesity are to a major extent behavioural, and to a minor extent biological.
We define childhood obesity as: BMI above unhealthy level, adjusted for age. Adult obesity is defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30. The relationship between BMI and fatness varies substantially with age, so a growth reference is used to define overweight and obesity at different age groups.