WHO announces New Guidelines to Measure, Control Obesity in Kids

Based on a report in The Hindu, doctors say the recognition of obesity in kids is the important issue, as often parents think a chubby child is a healthy child.

With increasing proof that childhood obesity is a global epidemic, affecting even the poorer countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced new guidelines on how trained specialists can better identify youngsters in need of help.

The WHO guidelines, titled “Assessing and managing children at primary healthcare facilities to prevent overweight and obesity in the context of the double burden of malnutrition,” delivers updates for the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). The guidelines include assisting, dieting and assessment of eating habits along with the normal weight and height measurements.

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