Kaiser Permanente Medical Group surveyed 710,949 children ages 2 through 19 during 2007 and 2008 to determine the extent of obesity. Children were categorized as normal weight, overweight, obese or extremely obese. What percentage of the children fell into each of the last three categories?
1. Overall, 18 percent were overweight, 9 percent were obese and 3 percent were extremely obese.
2. Overall, 25 percent were overweight, 14 percent were obese and 5 percent were extremely obese.
3. Overall, 37 percent were overweight, 19 percent were obese and 6 percent were extremely obese.
The answer is number 3. The numbers are climbing, and the age at which obesity is occurring is falling. These children run a high risk of being obese as adults and developing diabetes and life-threatening cardiovascular problems. For advice on how to keep the children in your life from snacking their way into disability or early death, go here. Working together as communities, we can reverse these statistics.