Approximately 1 of every 5 (17%) children in the United States has obesity, and certain groups of children are more affected than others. Childhood obesity puts children at early risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease—conditions usually associated with adulthood.
There is no single or simple solution to childhood obesity. It is influenced by many different factors, including a lack of access to healthy, affordable food and drinks as well as limited opportunities for physical activity in the places where children live, learn, and play. Working together, states, communities, and parents can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for children and adolescents.
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (NCOAM). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to halt—and reverse—childhood obesity across the country.
HELP spread the word about CDC’s effort’s during NCOAM:
- Follow @CDCObesity
- Become a fan of CDC’s Facebook page
- Tag your tweets #NCOAM to join the conversation
- Share this post with your colleagues, friends, and followers
- Embed CDC’s NCOAM badge on your website
Also, check out the NCCOR website to learn more about how our projects are having an impact on the childhood obesity epidemic.