National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Children play parachute during a fitness-themed event. The festivities were part of a campaign to combat childhood obesity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin May, Source)

Childhood obesity can have a harmful effect on the body in a variety of ways. According to the CDC, children diagnosed as obese or overweight are more likely to have:

  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

  • Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

  • Breathing problems such as sleep apnea and asthma.

  • Liver disease, gallstones and gastro-esophageal reflex.

  • greater risk of social and psychological problems.Too much weight also can seriously impact the growth and health of bones, joints, and muscles.

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