Childhood Obesity Statistics and Facts
According to research, Childhood Obesity results in high percentage of Obesity at adult stage as much as 70 percent. What is worse is that this rate is on increase and almost doubled in the last three decades. Let us have a look at more intriguing Statistics and Facts about childhood Obesity
Obesity is a major problem, not only in America, but also in most countries, both developed and developing. This is a major concern for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in America and the WHO (World Health Organization) because childhood obesity statistics show that obese children and especially those in the teenage years have a 70% chance of being obese as ...view middle of the document...
Childhood obesity facts
Economic Costs - In the twenty years from 1979-1991 the hospital costs for children and youth have risen from 35 million in 1979-1981 to 127 million from 1997-1991 (Preventing childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance, 2005, Institute of Medicine).
Health Costs - Our children are paying dearly and at their young age are not realizing this. Type 2 Diabetes has risen from 4% new cases seen in the pre-1990's to between 8-45% during the 1990's. In addition the incidence of a single risk factor for heart disease has also risen to nearly 60% of children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old who are obese. Not only that, but those with at least 2 risk factors has also risen to 25%. Some of these risk factors are those that generally we associate with the elderly, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides. These children are having diseases at 5 and 10 years old that in the past took decades to get.
However, this problem is not only an "American" problem where we need to look shamefacedly at the other nations of the world when this subject is brought up. Other nation’s rates of obesity have also risen and I think it safe to assume that some of those statistics also represent obesity in children.
Some of the other nations that have a higher rate of obesity and should also be staring at their stomach’s instead of their toes are Samoa has the highest worldwide with a 74% of obesity compared to that of America’s 34% and China’s 2%. These particular statistics...