Obesity is a growing problem with around 22 million children less than five years of age worldwide currently classified as overweight or obese. According to data from the World Obesity Federation, Egypt child obesity rates rank seventh in the world with 32% of children obese. Children who are overweight or obese in early childhood are more likely to become overweight as adults. This is a concern because obesity is associated with higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers in later life. Overweight children may also suffer from low self-esteem and have a poorer quality of life (Department for Education and Skills 2006).