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|Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects
children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well
above the normal weight for his or her age and height.
Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra
pounds often start kids on the path to health problems that
were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood
pressure and high cholesterol.
One of the best strategies to combat excess weight in your
child is to improve the diet and exercise levels of your
entire family. This helps protect the health of your child
now and in the future.
- Mayo Clinic
|The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 more than doubled in
the past 20 years, going from 6.5% in 1980 to 17.0% in 2006.
-Obesity is the result of caloric imbalance (too few calories expended for the
amount of calories consumed) and is mediated by genetics and health.
-Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease
(CVD), such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
-In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese children
had at least one CVD risk factor.
-Obese young people are more likely than children of normal weight to
become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated
adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke,
several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.
-Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can
lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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