Child Obesity

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Healthy Behaviors

When defining overweight in children and adolescents, it's important to consider both weight and body composition. Among American children ages 2–19, the following percentages of children are obese. Adolescents should strive for a MINIMUM of 60 minutes of moderate activity each day. To help achieve this, they should participate in at least three sessions of physical activity that last 20 minutes or more each week. Prior to that, eating five or more fruits and vegetables (combined) per day. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. With that being said, Adolescents should stay away from sugary drinks like soda, fruit drinks and sport drinks and switch over to water or milk.

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Obesity Facts and Statistics


  • In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
  • The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period
  • Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate.
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.

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Problems and Questions of Child Obesity

Is your kid in risk of being obese? When figuring out and understanding if your child has became obese, it is pretty obvious by the kids weight. When a child is obese, he tends to stay at home, eat a lot of junk and fast food, and have a lack of exercise. Kid usually gain weight from all around their body and face. Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight limit for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.

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"Where do I get help?"

Parents and other caregivers can play an important role in helping children build healthy eating and physical activity habits that will last a lifetime.

To help your child develop healthy habits...

  • be a positive role model. Children are good learners and they often mimic what they see. Choose healthy foods and active pastimes for yourself.
  • involve the whole family in building healthy eating and physical activity habits. This benefits everyone and doesn't single out the child who is overweight.
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