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Overweight and Obesity in Children
Diabetes and Weight-Related Disease in Children
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Overweight and Obesity in Children

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In 1999, 13 percent of children aged 6 to 11 years and 14 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 19 years in the United States were overweight. In the past 20 years, the number of overweight adolescents is up nearly 300 percent.

Risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, occur with increased frequency in overweight children and adolescents compared to children with a healthy weight.

Obesity and Diabetes in Children

Type 2 diabetes, associated with obesity and previously considered an adult disease, has increased dramatically in children and adolescents. Overweight and obesity are closely linked to type 2 diabetes.

Of children diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, 85 percent are obese.

A recent study suggests one in four overweight children is already showing early signs of Type 2 diabetes (impaired glucose intolerance).

Overweight and Obesity in Childrens Family

Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. This increases to 80 percent if one or more parent is overweight or obese.

Consequence of Obesity/Overweight for Children

The most immediate consequence for children of suffering from overweight or obesity is a low quality of life. According to a recent study into adolescent and children overweight/obesity, children rated their quality of life on a par with child cancer patients.

 

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