Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Pediatric Obesity

Isam Jaber Al-Zwaini

University of Baghdad


Abdulhadi L. Alrubaie

University of Baghdad


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Pediatric obesity is one of the most common nutritional disorder all over the world, especially in developed countries. It is a complex disorder predisposing children to many metabolic problems like Diabetes Mellitus, hyperlipedmia and chronic liver and kidney diseases. Additionally, obese child is more likely to become an obese adult. The majority of the cases are idiopathic, and less than 10% are due to genetic or endocrine disorders. The scope of this book cover different aspects of pediatric obesity including definitions and the value of using body mass index and waist circumference in the diagnosis, familial and genetic causes of obesity, the role of television watching and internet addiction as a risk factors for childhood obesity, and the associated major comorbidities especially metabolic syndrome. Special emphasis is given to therapeutic aspects of childhood obesity, and the role of drugs and surgery will be covered. Strategies for prevention of pediatric obesity also will be discussed.

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Isam Jaber Al-Zwaini

University of Baghdad

Professor Isam Jaber AL-Zwaini is the Head of the Department of Pediatrics at AL-Kindy Medical College, Baghdad University, Iraq. He is an associate member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He was a consultant pediatrician at Ramadi Maternity and Children Hospital, AL-Anbar Governorate, Iraq from 1996 to 2005. He served as lecturer at the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of AL-Anbar from December 1996 to August 2001. He is Assistant Professor since 2001 and Head of the Department of Pediatrics since September 26, 2016.

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