Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in developed as well as in developing countries. Overweight and obesity in childhood can affect their psychological health, educational attainment and quality of life. The prevalence of childhood obesity has risen rapidly in both high, low and Middle income countries which is more public health concern.
Approx 42 million children were affected by overweight or obesity. The prevalence of overweight children under 5 years of age around the world.
In Africa, the estimated prevalence rate of child overweight and obesity of 8.5% in 2010 is projected to increase to 12.7% by 2020.
In Asia, the 2010 prevalence rate of 4.9% equates to approx. 18 million children (2-4). If current trends continue, over 70 million infants and young children will be overweight or obese by 2025, the vast majority living in LMICs ( Low and middle income countries).