Sin­ga­pore kids are get­ting tub­bier

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In 2015, 12 per cent of kids here were over­weight, or above the 90th Body Mass In­dex (BMI) per­centile on BMI-for-age chart, based on the Health Pro­mo­tion Board’s sta­tis­tics. Last year, it went up to 13 per cent.

The Na­tional Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal’s (NUH) di­vi­sion of pae­di­atric en­docrinol­ogy has also seen more par­ents seek­ing help for their kids’ weight is­sues in re­cent years.

Last year, it saw about 150 cases of weight-re­lated prob­lems, which is an es­ti­mated 130 per cent in­crease from 2013 to 2017, says As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Loke Kah Yin, the di­vi­sion’s head and se­nior con­sul­tant.

Over­weight chil­dren are usu­ally re­ferred to the clinic from the poly­clin­ics, gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers, pri­vate pae­di­a­tri­cians and the School Health Ser­vices, he adds.

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