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10 facts on obesity

Overweight Asian child smiling
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Globally, 42 million preschool children were overweight in 2013

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. Overweight children are likely to become obese adults. They are more likely than non-overweight children to develop diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age, which in turn are associated with a higher chance of premature death and disability.

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