Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Amongst Bay area children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. Obesity takes a psychological toll as well: overweight children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression.
The American Heart Association has taken an active role in the education and prevention of childhood obesity; AHA highly recommends preventing and treating childhood obesity early to help reduce the risk of heart disease, adult obesity and other complications. M
For more information about raising healthier children, visit www.heart.org/HealthierKids.
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