Did you know that being overweight can become a medical condition? The more weight a person gains, the more health risks increase. When a person experiences health problems related to his or her weight, it’s a condition called obesity.
Obesity occurs from a variety of reasons like poor diet, excessive eating, lack of physical activity and some genetic factors. Heart disease, Type II Diabetes, certain types of cancer and sleep disorders are common diseases associated with obesity. A person with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or more is generally considered obese. A person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight.
Many teens struggle with their body image, and in this country, there are stereotypes against overweight people — that either they’re lazy, or just don’t want to be healthy. While this isn’t always the case, being overweight or obese can put teens at risk for many health problems.
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There are more than five million overweight kids in America today.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 5.3 million overweight young people in our country.
Obesity is determined only by how much a person weighs.
To determine whether someone is technically obese, you have to determine their body mass index (BMI), which is weight (in kilograms) divided by the height squared (in meters). For adults, a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight; over 30 is obese. For kids and teens still growing, a doctor should be consulted for an accurate BMI.
Of Americans ages 6 to 19, 15 percent are overweight or obese.
CDC report released in October 2002 found that 15 percent of people between ages 6 and 19 are overweight or obese.
The number of overweight or obese young people in the U.S. has been cut in half over the past twenty years.
The number of overweight or obese people in the U.S. between 6 and 19 has doubled in the past twenty years.
One in ten 2- to 5-year-olds are overweight.
10 percent of American toddlers ages 2- to 5 years old are overweight.
Almost all American teens get more than one hour of exercise per week.
According to People magazines Nov. 2002 special report, Americas Overweight Kids, less than two-thirds of high-schoolers get more than one hour of exercise per week.
Being overweight makes it more likely a person will get diabetes.
Being overweight increases your chances of getting Type II diabetes, as well as other conditions that are linked with that disease, including blindness, kidney failure and stroke. For more information on the treatment and prevention of obesity, visit the American Obesity Association. http://www.obesity.org/
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