Teen Obesity Awareness

21st Century Lit. Ms Golz

What is Teen Obesity??

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.

A Growing Epidemic

Rates of obesity have increased dramatically in recent decades for Americans of all ages according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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.