Childhood Obesity Not Down in U.S.

Obesity in children and in teens in on the increase in the United States. Minority children are at the highest risk of being overweight and/or obese. This upward trend is problematic and weight gain in children has increased even though the intake of sugary drinks and fast food consumption has decreased. Those children who are experiencing severe cases of obesity would benefit from more attention from health providers. Insurance plans can oftentimes assist with primary care visits but are not able to assist with membership to gyms such as the YMCA. There is no easy answer or simple solution to this problem.

Key Points:

  • 1Rates of childhood overweight and obesity have not decreased in the U.S. in recent years, and severe obesity is on the rise
  • 233 percent of children were overweight and 17 percent were obese.
  • 3Kids with severe obesity need 20 or 30 hours of interaction with a care provider

There’s no one thing we have to do, if we’re going to reverse this we’re going to have to do a lot of things.

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