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Facts About Childhood Obesity
Overweight and obesity projections in America Adults and Children (2010-2048)
A child who is overweight before the age of 8 is at risk for severe adult obesity.
- 80% of children overweight at age 10-15 were obese adults at age 25
- 25% of obese adults were overweight as children
- 33.1% of Knox County students are overweight or obese
Obese children and adolescents have an increased risk for:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Stroke, Liver & Gallbladder Disease
- Sleep Apnea
- Gynecological problems
- Cancers (breast, endometrial & colon)
BMI means"body mass index" and it is a calculation using a person's weight and height if that person is an adult. For children, the gender and age is also considered. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides this calculator to help you determine BMI and the corresponding BMI-for-age percentile on a CDC BMI-for-age growth chart.
Use this calculator for children and teens, age 2-19 years old: http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/
Resources for Professionals, Parents and Kids
Click here for a list of links and resources for more information about fighting childhood obesity.