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OBESITY is a major public health crisis, and the prevalence and incidence of obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally.

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century, and it has increased eight-fold since 1975.

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century, and it has increased eight-fold since 1975.

Among the top ten countries with the highest prevalence of obesity globally, nine are Pacific Island countries (World Health Organization, 2015), and an estimated 43 per cent of adults in Pacific Island countries are obese, based on 2016 data from the WHO

The most common cause of obesity throughout childhood and adolescence is an inequity in energy balance; that is, excess caloric intake without appropriate caloric expenditure.

There are certain genetic factors which may lead to obesity in children. These genetic factors increase the child’s susceptibility for obesity.

There are some behavioural factors which can cause obesity.

The physical effects may also reflect on musculoskeletal system causing discomfort due to increased weight on joint, causing muscle and bone disorder.

Overweight and obesity, as well as related non-communicable diseases, are largely preventable

The complications caused due to childhood obesity are severe and could continue to affect the health of a child even in adulthood. Hence, there is need to address this problem at every possible step through effective interventions and motivation strategies.