Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. And excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood.Use the resources below to help you understand childhood obesity and what you can do to fight it.
- BMI in Children
- Adult Obesity
- Help Children Develop Healthy Habits
- Get Non-Athletes to be Physically Active
- Limit Tube Time and Get Your Kids Moving
On December 2, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. This bipartisan legislation will give more children access to nutritious meals and remove junk food and sugary beverages from vending machines in schools. The American Heart Association strongly believes that a healthier school environment will nurture academic achievement and reduce childhood obesity rates.
This content was last reviewed on 01/10/2013.