Data from the year 2000 from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention reported the obesity in children rates to be 17% amongst kids aged 2 to 19. Also in 2000, the data already revealed that there was a 32% rate of children being overweight. The data was so compelling that the United States Preventative Services Task Force now recommends that children starting at age 6 and older be screened for obesity in children.

What are the implications of this and why is this happening?

The effect of the parents upon their children is the single most important contributing factor to the development of their child. The metabolism of children is known to already be influenced while in utero. Meaning the health of the mother, including weight is already affecting the metabolic programming of their child. While in utero, this is the time of rapid development and any health effect the mother is facing is also being faced by the fetus. As the rates of adult obesity climb the same effect is being seen upon the children. The data reveals that after age 5 the risk of obesity appears to significantly increase. Based on the data age 6 was when the screening recommendations were put in place.

Why is this so important?

The earlier obesity occurs the worse the outcome, the worse the quality of life, and the shorter the life span is projected to be. Obesity in children and adolescents is associated with morbidity that includes mental health, psychological disorders, asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, orthopedic problems, and adverse metabolic and cardiovascular outcomes.

What is the solution to this obesity crisis in our youth?

Everything starts at home. If you are a parent reading this know that everything you do is closely observed by your child. Not only is it observed it is replicated. Parents often forget to take time for themselves to address their own problems; including their health. Being overweight or obese does not just affect you. It affects everyone around you. The objective needs to be weight loss through proper correction of your metabolism. An abnormal metabolism is the source of weight gain.

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