TY - CHAP A1 - Peter Schwandt A2 - Gerda-Maria Haas ED1 - Sevil Ari Yuca Y1 - 2012-03-28 PY - 2012 T1 - Waist Circumference in Children and Adolescents from Different Ethnicities N2 - This book aims to provide readers with a general as well as an advanced overview of the key trends in childhood obesity. Obesity is an illness that occurs due to a combination of genetic, environmental, psychosocial, metabolic and hormonal factors. The prevalence of obesity has shown a great rise both in adults and children in the last 30 years. It is known that one third of children who are obese in childhood and 80% of adolescents who are obese in their adolescent years continue to be obese later in life. Obesity is an important risk factor in serious illnesses such as heart disease, hyperlipidemia, hyperinsulinemia, hypertension and early atherosclerosis. BT - Childhood Obesity SP - Ch. 4 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/17936 DO - 10.5772/17936 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-09-18 ER -