Understanding Childhood Obesity

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Did you know that 1 in 3 American children are overweight or obese? Childhood obesity is twice as common as it was just 25 years ago.

Chubby, plump, big-boned – whatever one chooses to call it, overweight and obesity place our children at risk for health and social difficulties that can trouble them for life. Health risks include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other life-threatening conditions. Self-esteem can also suffer when children are overweight or obese, and may even lead to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. And sadly, people who are overweight or obese as kids are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults.

That’s why it’s so important for children to have a positive relationship with food, a healthy self-image, and an active lifestyle.

 

More Information on Obesity and Weight Management

What is Obesity? Being obese means having so much body fat that your health is in danger. Having too much body fat can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, and stroke.

What is a Healthy Weight? A healthy weight is the natural weight you can reach through good eating, regular physical activity, managing stress, and not smoking. Reaching a specific weight is not as important as the lifestyle changes you make to become healthy.

Did you know AtlantiCare offers Weight Management services for children and adolescents?
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