1 in 5 children in the United States is obese.
What is the Definition of Childhood Obesity?
Childhood Obesity is defined by the Body Mass Index (BMI).
- BMI in children is defined differently than for adults. BMI in children uses weight and height but it is age and gender specific.
- Adult BMI charts list a specific number, but the BMI for children is listed as a percent. Th percent indicates the child’s BMI in relation to the BMIs of other children of the same age and gender.
- Calculate your child’s BMI by using the childhood BMI calculator
- A healthy weight if their BMI falls between the 5th and the 85th percentiles
- Overweight if their BMI is between the 85th and 95th percentiles
- Obese if their BMI is at or higher than the 95th percentile
- Calculate your child’s BMI percentile by using the childhood BMI percentile chart
What are the Consequences of Childhood Obesity?
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes.
- Sleep apnea
- Joint problems
- Fatty liver disease
- Acid reflux
Obese Children are more likely to become Obese Adults. Addressing Childhood Obesity starts at Home.
Be a role model:
- Eat fruits and vegetables at each meal and substitute fruits and vegetables as snacks
- Eliminate all beverages from the home and drink only water and/or low-fat milk
- Be active as a family