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Childhood Obesity Statistics

According to the latest childhood obesity statistics from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, "an estimated 16 percent of children and adolescents ages 6-19 years are overweight."

Even more are at risk of becoming overweight.

This is why so many health experts talk about the childhood obesity epidemic.

Childhood Obesity Risk Factors

Looking at the risk factors for obesity, especially poor eating habits and inactivity, can help you understand who's to blame for the rise in childhood obesity:

  • Nutrition - many overweight children are eating oversized portions and too many of the wrong foods, including:
    • High-Fat Foods
    • High Calorie Foods
    • Junk Food
    • Juice and Soda
  • Physical Activity - a lack of physical activity is another big risk factor for childhood obesity
  • Genetics - a family history of obesity
  • Sleep - you might think that sleeping too much would increase your child's risk of childhood obesity, but surprisingly, many studies show that not getting enough sleep increases the risk of childhood obesity.

Weight problems in childhood are likely to persist into their adult years. Teenagers who are obese have an 80% chance of remaining obese as adults.

Preventing Childhood Obesity

Although you can't change genetics, you can work to change all of the other risk factors for childhood obesity.

Help your child maintain a healthy weight


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Overweight Children

The nutritional requirements of a child have to be considered carefully. Growing children require a high amount of energy intake to help them to grow, but, just as with adults, if energy intake exceeds energy usage, the child will put on weight.

Naturally, children should, and must, gain weight through the natural process of growth, but many children go beyond that and put on excess fatty tissue; i.e. they become obese .

Obesity is rapidly becoming a serious problem with today’s children, partially through the wrong nutrition and eating too much of the wrong foods, and partially through ignorance on behalf of the parents who have a misconception that ‘puppy fat’ is a healthy and normal thing.

To a certain extent this is true, but excess ’puppy fat’ is as dangerous to a child as excess fat is to an adult. It is estimated that more than 15% of UK children are overweight or obese, and this figure is rising rapidly. The Journal of the American Medical Association reported on the 4th April that the level of overweight American children was 33.6%.

Obese children grow into obese adults. They do not lose this so called ‘puppy fat’ unless positive steps are taken. They have a significantly higher risk of developing serious health problems , both now and as an adult, including potentially life threatening conditions such as bowel cancer, diabetes, strokes, heart conditions and high blood pressure

The more overweight the child, the greater the risk.