Combating Childhood Obesity
Obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the U.S. - triple the rate from just one generation ago.
"The risk of obesity starts early
in life. Over half of obese children become overweight by the age
of 2, and approximately one in
five children are overweight or
obese by their 6th birthday."
- The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity
Lives at Risk
Three times more children are obese today than just 30 years ago. Now, nearly a third of kids in America are overweight or obese. The rate skyrockets to almost 40% in African American and Hispanic communities. Plus, more and more children are being diagnosed with obesity-related conditions that were traditionally only seen in adults, like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Even more disheartening, many of these kids will experience serious conditions like heart disease, cancer, and stroke as adults.