Germany's overweight children...lose weight

The number of overweight children is stagnating - but on a very high level.

Germany is getting fatter. The country is keeping up with world wide trends there, because adiposity has long become a global phenomenon and problem. Considering this background the result of a study of the research group of Dr Susann Blüher of the Integrated Research and Treatment Center (IFB) AdiposityDiseases in Leipzig is all the more interesting: The number of children suffering from overweight or adiposity has stagnated since 2004. This is another world wide trend Germany is following since similar results have been reported from other European and American countries as well as from Australia and the Pacific region.  

That the so-called prevalence is stagnating is good news. The bad news is that this is still happening on a very high level. Dr Susann Blüher, specialist for pediatric and adolescent medicine at the university hospital in Leipzig has evaluated the data collected between 1999 and 2008 of 272,826 children aged 4 to 16 years from all over Germany together with her colleagues. Stagnating or even decreasing prevalence rates have been noticed especially among younger children in preschool age, among the children aged 12 to 16 years the prevalence rate, however, is still to some extent increasing.

In general the frequency of children suffering from overweight and adiposity is between 15 and 35 percent in the developed countries.

Keywords: IFB-research, children & youths