September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Key childhood obesity facts:
- 35 percent of children age 3-18 were overweight or obese, according to Practice Fusion’s Research Division.
- 19 percent of children have a BMI in the 95th percentile (obese)
- Boys are more obese than girls at 21 percent vs. 18 percent
- Children age 9 to 11 are most obese
- Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled (CDC)
Sates with the highest childhood obesity rates include Texas, New Jersey, California, Florida and Tennessee. The percentage of overweight children nationwide is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now overweight or obese based on findings from the company’s national health research dataset.
What To Do if Your Child is Obese:
- Follow the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and limit media time for kids to no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality programming per day whether at home, school or child care.
See AAP Recommendation on Television Time for Children and Adolescents.
- Visit the child care centers to see if they serve healthier foods and drinks, and limit TV and video time.
See National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies.
- Work with schools to limit foods and drinks with added sugar, fat and salt that can be purchased outside the school lunch program.
- Provide plenty of fruits and vegetables, limit foods high in fat and sugar, and prepare healthier foods at family meals.
- Serve your family water instead of sugar drinks.
- Make sure your child gets physical activity each day.See How much physical activity do children need?