Childhood Obesity Information For Families
Childhood obesity is now a significant concern in the United States and across many other countries around the world.
Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
Obese children are more likely to become obese adults. Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
Obese adolescents have an 80% chance of becoming obese adults.
If children are overweight, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe
Obesity-associated annual hospital costs for children and youth more than tripled over two decades, rising from $35 million in 1979-1981 to $127 million in 1997-1999. But the cost of childhood obesity is more than the economic impact to our society.
Over the next few decades, life expectancy for the average American could decline by as much as 5 years unless aggressive efforts are made to slow rising rates of obesity, according to a team of scientists supported in part by the National Institutes of Health.
Written by Maggie LaBarbera
Written on Sep 26, 2012
Last updated on Oct 29, 2013