Prevention and battle against obesity in children and youngsters at a strategic planning level and their evolution in Portugal
- Autores: Beja A, Craveiro I, Ferrinho P
- Ano de Publicação: 2014
- Journal: Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública
- Link: http://www.elsevier.pt/en/revistas/revista-portuguesa-saude-publica-323/artigo-resumo/prevention-and-battle-against-obesity-in-children-and-90316100
Considered by WHO as a global epidemic and one of the greatest public health challenges of the twenty‐first century, Obesity is a chronic disease with multiple causes, especially behavioural changes like dietary changes and sedentary lifestyle. It is a risk factor for other conditions, such as diabetes or cardiovascular diseases, associated with the decrease of life quality of individual and the increase of health costs.