Extent of the Problem
The proportion of overweight and obese children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate. The percentage of children and adolescents in the U.S. who are overweight has tripled since the 1970s to about 16%. This increasing prevalence has been ranked as a critical public health threat by policy makers.
In this section, we'll be discussing the prevalence of the problem and its impacts.
After completing this section, you should be able to:
- Describe the prevalence, trends, and consequences of childhood obesity
- Locate statistics on the prevalence of childhood overweight and related behaviors in your area
- Identify health and social consequences associated with childhood overweight
Suggested Learning Path
Scenario: Nick and Miguel
Meet Nick and Miguel, two sixth grade boys.
Resource: The Epidemic
The number of overweight and obese children has risen so rapidly that we are now facing an epidemic of childhood obesity.
Collaboration: Find Local Data (Required)
What is the prevalence of childhood overweight and its related behaviors in your area? Share the data you find with your fellow learners.
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Cornell NutritionWorks: Preventing Childhood Obesity
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