Obesity is a long-term (chronic)
disease. It affects increasing numbers of children, teens and adults. Obesity rates
among children in the U.S. have doubled since 1980. They have tripled for teens. About
17 out of 100 children ages 2 to 19 are obese. More than 7 out of 20 adults are
Healthcare providers are seeing more of these problems in children
- Type 2 diabetes starting at a younger age
- Heart and blood vessel disease
- Obesity-related depression and social isolation
The longer a person is obese, the
more he or she is at risk for problems. Many chronic diseases are linked with obesity.
And obesity is hard to treat. Because of these reasons, prevention is very
Preventing obesity in children is
vital. This is because childhood obesity is more likely to last into adulthood. An obese
person has a high risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.