Bailey McCaw


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."Overweight" is defined as having any excess weight outside of the ideal range. Although children have fewer weight-related health problems than adults, overweight children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults. Overweight people of all ages are prone to a number of health problems.

Teen obesity

Rates of obesity have increased dramatically in recent decades for Americans of all ages according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.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. Furthermore, data suggests that 30 percent children and teens ages 6 to 19 are overweight.

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