Teens are becoming over weight

Teen obesity

One of the growing concerns affecting today's teenagers is the increase in the rate of teen obesity. According to the American Obesity Association, about 30.4 percent of teenagers are overweight, and 15.5 percent of teens are obese (1). This means that 45.9 percent of teens are at risk for developing health problems due to weight. It is important to note that weight gain during the teen years is normal. It is when that weight gain progresses beyond normal limits that teens become at risk for obesity. Generally speaking, a person is obese when the BMI exceeds 30 percent (1).