Obesity is a major issue in the United States and can lead to a wide variety of health problems. Childhood obesity has become increasingly common and in turn, has led to an increase in health issues in children. Get informed with these staggering children obesity facts – and do your part to influence healthy lifestyle choices for the children in your life.
Rates of obesity among children ages 2- 19 have tripled since 1980. (National Center for Health Statistics)
One in four Colorado children are overweight or obese – averaged between 2008 and 2010. (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)
Children ages 2 through 14 whose body mass index (BMI) is categorized as overweight or obese are at risk for developing serious, long-term health problems.
Children as young as 3 years old who have an elevated BMI and increased waist circumference already showed risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. (Messiah, S.E. Arheart, K.L., R. A. Hlaing, W.M., Lipschultz, S.E., & Miller, T..L.(2011). BMI, waist circumference, and selected cardiovascular disease risk factor among preschool-age children. Obesity (Advance online publication).
Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem. (Daniels SR, Arnett DK, Eckel RH, et al. Overweight in children and adolescents: pathophysiology, consequences, prevention, and treatment. Circulation 2005;111;1999–2002.)
If you’re concerned about childhood obesity, visit www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood to obtain more facts, solutions and strategies. For tips on starting a healthy lifestyle today, check out our Eat Well Be Well blog post.
Office of the Surgeon General. The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation. [pdf 840K]. Rockville, MD, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.
Dietz WH. Overweight in childhood and adolescence. New England Journal of Medicine 2004;350:855-857.