Childhood Obesity

From Obese Kid to Obese Adult : A composite visualization of (right to left) an overweight male toddler an obese school-age boy and an obese adult male. All are depicted with visible cardiovascular system subcutaneous fat and some skeletal bones. Overweight and obesity rates among children ages 2-19 have more than tripled since 1970. The school-age boy drinks a soda pop one of the main sources of low-nutrient calories consumed by young people in the U.S. Photo credits: Ed Yourdon and Steven Fruitsmaak.

Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or well-being. As methods to determine body fat directly are difficult, the diagnosis of obesity is often based on BMI. Due to the rising prevalence of obesity in children and its many adverse health effects it is being recognized as a serious public health concern. The term overweight rather than obese is often used in children as it is less stigmatizing.

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