OBESITY IN CHILDREN

In children and adolescents obesity can be:

  • independent primary disease (primary alimentary obesity, exogenous-constitutional obesity);
  • cerebral* (possible reasons – cerebral tumors and infectious diseases of the brain);
  • endocrine* (possible reasons – thyroid diseases, dysfunction of the adrenal gland or hypothalamus-pituitary system);
  • genetic** (possible reasons – Prader-Willi syndrome, Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Cohen syndrome).

*When eliminating symptoms of endocrine and cerebral diseases, body weight gradually normalizes in children and adolescents under 12 years.

**Obesity, arising due to genetic predisposition requires a long-term complex and continuous treatment.

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