Obesity Facts

Childhood obesity is associated with various health-

related risk factors.

1. Obese children and adolescents may experience immediate health problems or develop the problems as a young adult.
2. Obese children, teens and adolescents are more likely to have risk factors: such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, menstrual abnormalities, liver disease and bone diseases, than children and adolescents within normal weight ranges.
3. Children who are overweight and obese are more likely to be overweight and obese in adulthood.
4. Obesity affects all socioeconomic and ethnic groups, though affecting African Americans, Hispanic, American Indian and Pacific Islanders in greater numbers.
5. Childhood obesity is a growing global epidemic and is a serious public health threat impacting toddlers through adolescents in all 50 states and beyond.
6. Parents often do not see their children as overweight even when they are, and some parents may even view overweight children as being healthy and as a sign of successful parenting.
7. Obese children and adolescents are targets for bullying and can lead to low self-esteem and other problems.
8. Among pre-school age children 2-5 years of age, obesity increased from 5 to 10.4% between 1976-1980 and 2007-2008 from 6.5 to 14.2%. In children ages 6-11 years old and in adolescents aged 12-19 years old, obesity increased on an average of 5 to 18.1% during the same time period.