Childhood obesity is one of the leading health issues in the US today. According to statistics, about 25 million or 1 in every 3 American kids aged 2-19 are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Overweight kids are likely to become overweight adults.
According to healthiergeneration.org, if childhood obesity continues at this rate, the current generation could be the First generation in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.
Childhood obesity statistical facts
Today, more children are suffering from the effects of poor nutrition and lack of exercise than ever before. If parents do not intervene, these childhood health issues will likely continue into adulthood.
The number of overweight kids and teens aged 6-19 has nearly tripled in the last 40 years.
From 7 percent in 1994, the number of overweight toddlers aged 2-5 has nearly doubled.
Carrying health problems into adulthood – Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese as adults.
Reasons for the Crisis
At school, kids can eat fast food, soda, and candy for lunch. They also have fewer opportunities to play and get some exercise.
At home, kids are spending a lot more time being sedentary. They’d spend hours watching TV, playing video games, etc. To add to this, when kids eat out, they are surrounded by fast foods, which are delicious but are usually unhealthy – and whose portion sizes continue to increase. Today, fast food is no longer a once-in-a-while treat, but a regular meal for many kids. Because of this, serious health problems early in life have risen. Conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol, type2 diabetes and depression are now part of an increasing number of kids’ lives.
Need for change
Making changes at school or at home can’t solve the obesity problem. It’s going to take the entire community – our whole society, even – to solve the current obesity crisis. Right now, what you can do is lay the groundwork for healthy eating, fitness and nuition at home. This way, when your child goes out into the "real" world, he or she can lead a healthy lifestyle.