Each generation is presented with unique challenges. Today’s youth faces the dire consequences of a childhood obesity epidemic. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, if we don’t act to reverse this trend, we’re in danger of raising the first generation of American children who may live sicker and die younger than the generation before them.
Currently, one in three children in the United States is overweight and one in five is obese. It is estimated that one in every three children born in 2009 will develop diabetes.
Childhood obesity warrants special attention because the damage caused by being overweight is far greater to a child’s body than it is to a person who gained weight as an adult. The stress to internal organs is extensive and sometimes irreversible.
Being overweight or obese also increases the risk for several chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, strokes and some cancers.
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For in-depth, reliable information on preventing childhood obesity, we suggest these websites: