Childhood Obesity Facts

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Childhood Obesity: A National Epidemic

  • KidsFitThe prevalence of obesity in children more than tripled from 1971 to 2011
  • Nearly one in three U.S. children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese
  • Childhood obesity is the number one health concern for parents in the nation, topping drug abuse and smoking
  • Obesity causes a broad range of health problems, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels (Source: American Heart Association)