Obesity in children and teens is a serious health problem. About 1 in 6 children in the United States are obese. Children with obesity have health problems that used to be seen only in adults. When these problems begin in childhood, they often become worse in adulthood. A child who is overweight or obese is also more likely to have problems such as:.
America's kids are obese and it's getting worse
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By Lisa Rapaport. Too much television time has long been linked to childhood obesity, but a U. Such heavy use of other screens was tied to a 43 percent greater risk of obesity, researchers report in the Journal of Pediatrics. Erica Kenney, a public health researcher at Harvard University in Boston. To assess how screens large and small influence the risk of obesity, researchers looked at nationally representative survey data collected in and on 24, adolescents in grades 9 to Nearly 17 percent of youth said they watched no TV on weekdays, while 7.
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There is a complex relationship between obesity and bullying. While overweight kids are frequently targeted for abuse at school, there also are instances where they are the ones who engage in bullying others. Still, other obese kids are trapped in a bully-victim cycle where they are both victim and perpetrator.
The U. The two reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that efforts to encourage Americans to lose weight — at least to stop putting on more weight — are having little effect. Overall, 38 percent of U. Another third or so of Americans are overweight.