Childhood Obesity

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Childhood Obesity has become an epidemic in developed nations, with the CDC reporting that it has tripled over the last 30 years. In the United States, obesity increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20%  in 2012 for children between the ages of 6-11. Obesity is much more than just being a little overweight, it is being significantly overweight, and can lead to severe health problems. Learning about the problem and potential solutions is the first step to helping combat childhood obesity.

The following information was summarized from the U.S. Surgeon General’s document on, “Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity: Overweight in Children and Adolescents”, http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/obesity/fact_adolescents.html

PROBLEMS AFFECTING OVERWEIGHT CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:

CAUSES FOR BECOMING OVERWEIGHT:

DETERMINING CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT OBESITY:

GENERAL SUGGESTIONS:

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

HEALTHY EATING SUGGESTIONS:

IF YOUR CHILD IS OVERWEIGHT:

INITIATIVES IN CONNECTICUT:
Help Me Grow is partnering with Connecticut Children’s Weight Management Program to offer help for children and their families looking for resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and assistance with their weight management efforts. As a result of this collaboration, Help Me Grow invites you to call Child Development Infoline (CDI), for information on programs in your community, printed materials, and websites that might be of interest to you.

Call Child Development Infoline (CDI), Monday through Friday, from 8am-6pm, at 1-800-505-7000 for information on:

Child Development Infoline takes great pride in working individually
with families to understand their needs, connect them to the best
services available, and follow up to ensure their needs are being met.

For additional resources on childhood obesity, which includes, nutrition tips, the importance of physical activity to prevent the condition, how to measure your Body Mass Index (BMI), and much more, see the following:

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SOURCE: Connecticut State Department of Education; Office of Early Childhood; Connecticut Department of Public Health; Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; American Academy of Pediatrics; Child Development Infoline (CDI)
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: September2016