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Understanding Childhood Obesity

  • A Chubby Baby Is Not a Sign of Obesity
    With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents worry about the weight of their babies?
  • A Weighty Issue: Childhood Obesity
    Childhood obesity is more prevalent in the Northeast, followed by the Midwest, South and West. It is also more prevalent in cities than in rural areas.
  • Diabetes Tops Child Obesity's Health Risks
    Children who weigh too much face a broad array of health problems, with type 2 diabetes leading the list.
  • How to Help an Overweight or Obese Child
    Ask a parent to name the greatest health threat to children and you'll hear about drinking or drugs. Rarely will anyone cite obesity -- even though it can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • Obesity in Adolescents
    Children who are inactive—spending time watching TV or sitting at a computer—are at higher risk for obesity, especially when their diet contains lots of high-calorie foods and beverages.
  • The Metabolic Syndrome Puts Teens at Risk
    Doctors think teens who have the metabolic syndrome face a high risk for the early onset of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.