Childhood Obesity

Landauro, Victor
March 2005
Junior Scholastic;3/7/2005, Vol. 107 Issue 14, p6
The article reports that almost nine million kids in the U.S. are considered overweight, which is three times the number in 1980. Health officials call the growing rate of youth obesity a national crisis. According to the American Obesity Association (AOA), about 30 percent of U.S. teens are overweight, and slightly more than 15 percent are obese. Studies show that children with obese parents are more likely to be obese. Many overweight children suffer from a number of medical conditions, including high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and liver disease. Overweight children are also at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. INSET: HEALTH TIPS.


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