Childhood Obesity and Effects
Childhood obesity is a severe medical condition that affects children and adolescents. For their age and height, children who are obese are above the normal weight. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling as the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once considered adult problems — diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Many obese children become obese adults, especially when one or both parents are obese. Childhood obesity may also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.