A weighty problem

THE number of children diagnosed with obesity has been rising over the past five years, more so since 2020 when the movement control orders (MCO) were imposed.Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) senior specialist consultant in paediatrics and paediatric endocrinology Assoc Prof Dr Azriyanti Anuar Zaini said data from the United States and South Korea in 2021 shows there is a 1.7% to 13.6% increase in the number of children with obesity.

One US paper said there is a weight gain ranging between eight and 10kg for these children, she added.

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