Childhood Obesity

The definition of Childhood Obesity according to the Mayo Clinic:

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents.  It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height.

Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.

One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve the diet and exercise habits of your entire family.  Treating and preventing childhood obesity helps protect the health of your child now and in the future.

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Obesity has become one of the greatest health scourges of our time. Around the world, it contributes to three million deaths each year. There are more than a billion adults who classify as overweight or obese, and the epidemic has hit developing countries, where starvation and malnutrition are still widespread. As researchers learn more about the social and economic impact of obesity, a number of basic unanswered questions remain — such as why obesity rates have soared in the last three decades, and how to turn that trend around.