childhood obesity

Obesity has surpassed smoking as the #1 non-disease killer in the United States.

The health risks associated with obesity are numerous and include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Some types of cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Complications of pregnancy
  • Heart disease
  • Poor female reproductive health
  • Stroke
  • Bladder control problems
  • Gallstones
  • Depression
  • Gout
  • Low self esteem
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Social Discrimination

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Overweight Trends among children:

The average 11-year old boy weighs 11 pounds more than in 1973.
(Source: New York Times, 09/04/03)

Nearly 16 Million 6-19 year olds are overweight or at risk of being overweight.
(Source: CDC)

Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.
(Source: National Center for Health Statistics)

Obestiy rates in adolescents have tripled in the last 20 years
(Source: American Health Association)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s top priorities for fighting obesity:

  • Decrease TV viewing time
  • Increase Phsysical Activity
  • Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Increase breastfeeding rates

Junk Food Juveniles:

3,000 parents surveyed by phone about what their child ate that day:

1/3 of the children under 2 consumed no fruits or vegetables.3,000 parents surveyed by phone about what their child ate that day:

  • 9% of children 9-11 months old ate fries at least once per day. For those
  • 19-24 months old, more than 20% had fries daily.
  • Hot dogs, sausage and bacon also were daily staples for many children – 7% in the 9-to-11 month group, and 25% in the older range.
  • The median calorie intake for 1-2 year olds was 1,220 calories – nearly 30% over the recommended 950 per day.
    (Source: Gerber Products Company, 2003)