Why Be Concerned?
Since 1980, childhood overweight & obesity has
increased 49% among preschool children, doubled among children 5-12 and tripled
Today, 1 in 3 children are overweight
If the obesity epidemic continues at
the current rate, 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will develop diabetes.
70-80% of overweight youth become
Excess weight in both children &
adults contributes to:
- high blood pressure
- type II diabetes
- high cholesterol
- breathing difficulties
- sleep apnea
Helping children develop
healthy eating & activity habits is vital to their health as adults. Adult
eating habits & attitudes about active living begin in childhood and follow
people the rest of their lives!