Management of child and adolescent obesity: attitudes, barriers, skills, and training needs among health care professionals.
Childhood obesity and overweight are one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. Globally in 2010 the number of overweight children under the age of five is estimated to be 42 million; close to 35 million of them are living in developing countries  However, the actual estimated prevalence of overweight and obese children is substantially lower than what is usually reported[2,3]. Overweight and obesity are not a matter of adults only, but boys and girls, children and adolescents have become victims too, with significant reported rates . Consequently, it is expected that the rates of coronary artery disease, type 2 DM, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, and fatty liver, obstructive sleep apnoea, and certain types of cancer will increase in the coming decades particularly in developing countries [5-9].