Evidence shows that obesity levels among adolescents aged 10-16 years is increasing. Obesity-related chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease can be controlled, but not reversed, with the use of expensive medications. Therefore, if unchecked, when an adolescent develops obesity at a young age, they may be an economic and social burden on the public health system for the rest of their life. Lifestyle modification programs, such as increasing physical activity levels remain the most cost-effective approach to treating obesity.
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