Pediatric Obesity

Pediatric or childhood obesity is the most prevalent nutritional disorder amongst children and adolescents worldwide. The occurrence of obesity is highest among specific racial groups. It increases the risk of heart diseases in children and adults. Childhood obesity predisposes the individual to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, liver and kidney diseases and causes reproductive dysfunction in adults. Obesity in children is a major health concern of the developed world. Factors, such as eating habits, genetics, environment, metabolism, and lifestyle play an important role in the development of obesity. The symptoms of obesity include breathing disorders, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, certain types of cancer such as prostate, bowel, breast and uterine, coronary heart disease, diabetes (type 2 in children), depression, liver and gallbladder problems, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, and joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, pain in knees and lower back.

Basic and Applied Research
Obesity in Pregnancy
Eating Disorders
Bariatric Surgery
Obesity and depression