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In 2001 the US Surgeon General called the nation to action to prevent and decrease obesity and overweight in the American population. Ten years later, the childhood obesity epidemic is a national health crisis. Today, one in every three children (31.8%) ages 2-19 are overweight or obese. Studies show that obese children grow up to be obese adults.
It is estimated that one third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime. Overweight children are at risk for significant physical and emotional difficulties.
Physical problems include:
  • Type-II diabetes
  • sleep apnea
  • heart disease
  • asthma
  • orthopedic problems
  • hypertension
  • malnutrition
Psychological consequences include:
  • low self-esteem
  • poor social functioning
  • depression
  • body image disturbance
  • eating-disordered behavior
  • behavior problems

In schools it has been found that heavier children tend to be absent more often than their underweight or normal weight peers. Poor academic performance is also associated with children who are overweight or obese.

If overweight or obesity continues into adulthood, the physical and psychological problems will follow along with long-term complications.

More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. According to the 2009 CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), 35 States have adult obesity rates over 25 percent. In nine of the 35 states over 30 percent of the adult population are obese. The struggle to lose weight as an adult is a difficult task. It means changing life-long unhealthy habits and many adults are unsuccessful in maintaining weight loss.

If current trends continue, 100% of US adult population will be overweight by the year 2048.

Future projections of overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2) in US adults
    Year when the prevalence will reach
GENDER ETHNICITY 80% 90% 100%
All All 2022 2035 2048
Men All 2020 2035 2051
Women All 2022 2030 2044
Women Non-Hispanic Black 2006 2020 2034
Wang Y, et al. Obesity. 2008;16(10):2323-2330

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