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Obese child on a beach.

Breaking the obesity cycle already in childhood

The more we know about paediatric obesity, the better we understand how important timely and persistent treatment is. “The problem doesn’t usually go away with growth in height. More than half of obese children, and the majority of obese adolescents, will be obese also in adulthood,” Professor of Paediatrics Jarmo Jääskeläinen says.

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  • Text Ulla Kaltiala | Photos Raija Törrönen and Mostphotos

Obesity is a chronic illness that requires long-term treatment.

Jarmo Jääskeläinen

Professor

Jarmo Jääskeläinen.
Graphics. Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in Finland. 17% of girls and 27% of boys are at least overweight. 4% of girls and 8% of boys are obese. Source: Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Statistics report 31/2020.