Health at a Glance 2011
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Health at a Glance 2011

OECD Indicators

This sixth edition of Health at a Glance provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. It provides striking evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and results of health systems. Key indicators provide information on health status, the determinants of health, health care activities and health expenditure and financing in OECD countries.   Each indicator in the book is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

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23 Nov 2011
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10.1787/health_glance-2011-en
 
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Overweight and obesity among children You or your institution have access to this content

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Children who are overweight or obese are at greater risk of poor health, both in adolescence and in adulthood. Being overweight in childhood increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease or diabetes, as well as related social and mental health problems. Excess weight problems in childhood are associated with an increased risk of being an obese adult, at which point certain forms of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, osteoarthritis, a reduced quality of life and premature death can be added to the list of health concerns (Sassi, 2010).
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