Children's behaviors are shaped in childhood. With increases in technology leaving many children adopting sedentary lifestyles and the abundance of high caloric foods available in schools, restaurants and convenience stores, children are heavier now than never before.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in three children is considered obese or overweight. And, the percentage of children who are overweight has more than doubled in the past 30 years.
For children, those extra pounds can add up to health problems, often for life. Type 2 diabetes was once rare in American children – now it accounts for up to 46 percent of newly diagnosed diabetes cases in children and adolescents.
In addition to physical health, overweight and obesity also have a significant impact on children's social and emotional health as overweight children are also more likely to become overweight or obese as adults.
If not addressed, we are at risk of raising the first generation of children who will not outlive their parents.
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