Teen obesity is a growing epidemic in America. 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. Rates of obesity have increased dramatically in recent decades for Americans of all ages according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data suggests that 30 percent children and teens ages 6 to 19 are overweight.
Some health issues associated with obesity include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and some forms of cancer.
Obesity Can Cause Bullying
Studies suggest that overweight children are more likely to be involved in bullying — both as victims and as perpetrators of teasing, name-calling and physical bullying — than normal weight children.