Psychological, Social Risks May Promote Childhood Obesity, Says WHO Report

Psychological, social risks may promote childhood obesity, according to recently released report by the health organization – WHO, focusing on the growing prevalence of obesity to be found in children in the United States.

Researchers have found in the latest research that social barriers such as financial stress, childhood behavioral issues or parental mental health may be the factors negatively affecting weight loss in adolescents on the United States, since the condition is becoming a global health concern, as the prevalence of childhood obesity is on the extreme rise over the past few years.


Since the year – 1970, the percentage of obesity diagnosed in the American adolescents and children has become tripled than the previous records. If the trends go continued, nearly 70 million young children will be affected by overweight or obesity across the globe by the end of 2025.

The people, groups, organizations and clinics struggling on the new developments in weight management sector have been successful in considerable achievements, which are the vanguards of the efforts. However, in recognizing the factors to decide the fortunate weight management programs for children, the organizations such as the Nemours Division of Weight Management and Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science are more anxious.

“Previous studies have found that the majority of children who receive interdisciplinary treatment in weight management clinics are successful at achieving a healthier weight. However, most weight management clinics report significant drop-out rates, limiting the number of patients who benefit from treatment”, said pediatrician, Thao-Ly Tam Phan from the Nemours Weight Management Clinic while describing the rationale of the research.