The color of the obesity, including childhood obesity, awareness ribbon is yellow.
The month of September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month - President Barack Obama proclaimed September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, encouraging Americans to help our youth lead more physically active lifestyles and make healthier food choices. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight.
Quick Facts: Childhood Obesity
- Advertising of unhealthy foods correlates with childhood obesity rates.
- There are no medications currently approved for the treatment of obesity in children.
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
- Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin's lymphoma.
- Schools play a large role in preventing childhood obesity by providing a safe and supporting environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors.
- Obese adolescents are more likely to have pre-diabetes.
- Some jurisdictions attempt to use laws and regulations to steer kids and parents towards making healthier food choices.
- The escalation of obese children is due to the upsurge of technology, increase in snacks and portion size of meals, and the decrease in the physical activity of children.
- Exclusive breast-feeding is recommended in all newborn infants for its nutritional and other beneficial effects.
Statistics: Childhood Obesity
- In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
- Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
- The percentage of children aged 6 -11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12 - 19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.
- With more than 42 million overweight children around the world, childhood obesity is increasing worldwide.
- Since 1980, the number of obese children has doubled in all three North American countries, Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
- In 2010, 32.6 percent of 6 to 11 year olds were overweight, and 18 percent of 6 to 9-year olds were obese.
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