Center for Obesity and its Consequences in Health
Obesity is growing at epidemic proportions in children. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the percentage of children aged 6 to 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 to 19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same time period.
If not reversed, obesity can cause many problems, from earlier cardiovascular disease related to high cholesterol, to diabetes and all of the complications that brings. To help combat these concerns, the Center for Obesity and its Consequences in Health (COACH) Program at Children’s Health has been helping families tackle childhood obesity since 2006.
Obesity is defined according to a child’s body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated using their height and weight. It doesn’t measure body fat directly, but is a good indicator for most children and teens.