Glasper, Edward Alan
Editorial. Obesity: hidden costs to mother and child
Journal of Children's and Young People's Nursing, 2, (1), .
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Levels of obesity among children in the western world have been increasing at an alarming rate. Between 1995 and 2003 obesity rates among children aged between two and ten years of age accelerated from 9.9% to 13.7% (Jotangia et al, 2006). The long-term implications on the nation’s health and the burden it will cause to the NHS and the nursing workforce in years to come, if it is not tackled, effectively is already a cause of major concern. This concern is emphasized by new statistics from the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH, 2007) which show that more than half of the 295 women who died during or after pregnancy between 2003 and 2005 were overweight or obese. This is important because any increase of obesity within the childhood population is likely to impact on obesity levels within the adult population, not least among young mothers.
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