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Childhood Obesity Statistics - Facts

Obesity is growing at an alarming rate, but one of the fastest growing segments of obesity in the United States is during Childhood. Childhood obesity can lead to adulthood obesity, which reduces lifespan, and decreases the quality of life. Roughly 25% of adults who are obese, where obese as children.

Childhood obesity has a dramatic impact on adulthood obesity: one study found that approximately 80% of children who were overweight at aged 10-15 years old were obese at age 25 years.

Obesity more than tripled in the last 30 years and at these current growth rates childhood obesity and obesity in the overall population can become a pandemic.

Childhood Obesity Tripled in the last 30 Years:

  • In 1980 obesity occurred in 6.5% of children aged 6 to 11
  • In 2008 obesity occurred in 19.6% of children aged 6 to 11
  • In 1980 obesity occurred in 5% of young adults aged 12 to 19
  • In 2008 obesity occurred in 18.1% of young adults aged 12 to 19
  • Social Effects of Childhood Obesity

    There are many consequences of childhood obesity including depression, social anxiety disorder, and other social disorders. Other effects include feelings of hopelessness, isolation and decreased confidence.

    What Parents Can Do

    There are several notions about the rate of growth in obesity, and the casual factors. But it isn’t hard to see that all of the fast food companies, gaming consoles and Internet has a direct impact on how our children’s health.

    It is advised if your child is struggling with obesity or children who are overweight, is to encourage the child to engage in physical activities. Today Internet, television and gaming has increased the rate of sedentary lifestyles more then ever before. Increasing the amount of calories burned is one key to the solution. Youth sports groups, after school activities, clubs, and gyms can help children increase physical activities and their confidence levels.

    But exercise is only half the answer. The far obvious solutions is to monitor what the child’s eating habits are. Nearly 30% of all children consume at least one fast food meals per day. With fast food chains known for their high saturated fat, and unhealthy meals, it’s easy to see why children are become obese at earlier ages.

    Losing Weight at Childhood

    Though reducing calorie intake and increasing physical activity will help lose weight. Some may not have luck in losing significant weight. Some other popular options including weight loss programs ( like weight watchers) or youth camps for children.

    Another emerging trend in childhood obesity is weight loss surgery for teenagers. While not many obese children are candidates for weight loss surgery, there are some morbidly obese teenagers who might be a candidate. Where physicians claim the risk of stay obesity are out weighed by the risks of weight loss surgery.

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