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10 facts on obesity

Young boy eating a lollipop
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Children's choices, diet and physical activity habits are influenced by their surrounding environment

Social and economic development as well as policies in the areas of agriculture, transport, urban planning, environment, education, food processing, distribution and marketing influence children's dietary habits and preferences as well as their physical activity patterns. Increasingly, these influences are promoting unhealthy weight gain leading to a steady rise in the prevalence of childhood obesity.

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