Problem Snapshot: Child obesity thrives
The nation’s top public health epidemic is starting with children.
In less than 15 years, nearly 1-in-2 Americans in many states will be obese – which does not include those who are overweight. For African-Americans it will be 3-in-4; and for Hispanics, it will be 2-in-3.
80% of youth who are overweight at
ages 10 to 15 will be obese at age 25.
25% of children ages 5-10 have high blood pressure,
high cholesterol or other warning signs of heart disease.