September 2012
Polish Nursing / Pielegniarstwo Polskie;2012, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p155
Academic Journal
According to International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) 2004 estimates there are 155 million overweight youth and children in the world, 30-45 million of whom fall into obese category. Several physical and psychological consequences of obesity have been described. Obesity adversely influences children's emotional and social development e.g. school age children in their early and late stages of education feel stigmatized and rejected. This may result in serious emotional and behavioral problems such as depression, neurosis and adaptational difficulties. Due to the risk of psychological disturbations of obesity, obsese children and adolescents should be referred to a psychotherapist.


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