Obesity is associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality as well as reduced life expectancy. The objective of the study was to assess the prevalence of obesity among children of age group 4-12 years.
Materials and Methods: Height without shoes was measured using metal column height-measuring stands to the nearest 0.1 cm. Weight was measured using lever scales to the nearest 0.1 kg while the subjects wore their light clothes. Height of the child was measured using a stadiometer.
Results: The sample size of 100 patients was selected for the study in which 48 were girls whereas 52 were boys. In age group 4- 6 years 22 were boys and 24 were girls. In age group 7-10 years 14 were boys and 18 were girls. In third age group between 11-12 years 8 were boys and 14 were girls the presence of obesity in all age group was more in girls.
Our study showed higher prevalence of overweight and obesity among females so there is also an urgent need to increase awareness via education and motivation.