Teen Obesity

By: Esmeralda Gaeta

Facts :)

The percent of children and teens who are overweight is also growing. Among teens ages 12 to 19, 18 percent are obese, according to the 2008 data. This is triple the proportion of overweight youth in 1980.

Obesity is an excessive accumulation of body fat such that individuals are over 20 percent heavier than their ideal body weight. Obesity is a common eating disorder associated with adolescence.

Obesity can weaken physical health and well-being, resulting in a shortened life expectancy. It can also lead to social disabilities and unhappiness, which may cause stress and high risk of mental illness.