Why Childhood Obesity Matters

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  • September Is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!
  • What Is Childhood Obesity?
  • Why Is It a Serious Epidemic?
  • Numbers Don’t Lie
  • What Causes Obesity Among Kids?
  • Sugary Drinks’ Role
  • The Stigma of Being Obese
  • See Your Doctor
  • The Answer Begins With Adults
  • What’s the White House Doing?

Why Is It a Serious Epidemic?

What we might call “baby fat” is a serious epidemic. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep disorders, asthma, early puberty and high cholesterol. 

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