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Childhood Obesity Facts
  • Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
  • Children in the United States ages 6–11 who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, adolescents ages 12–19 who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.
  • In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
Adverse Effects of Obesity
Childhood obesity can have both an immediate and long-term effect on a child’s health and mental well-being.
Immediate health effects:
  • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
  • Obese adolescents are more likely to be pre-diabetic, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
Long-term health effects:
  • Obese children and adolescents are more likely to be obese as adults and are more at risk for health problems as adults such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.
  • Overweight and obesity have been shown to increase the risk for many types of cancer, including breast cancer, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Source: (CDC) Center for Disease Control



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