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 — diabeteshigh 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.

One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve your entire family's eating and exercising habits. Treating and preventing childhood obesity helps protect the health of your child now and in the future.