September 2021: Childhood Obesity
About 1 in 5 (19%) children in the United States struggle with obesity. Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions, and are more likely to be bullied or teased leading to social isolation, depression and lower self esteem.
Many factors can have an impact on childhood obesity, including eating and physical activity behaviors, genetics, metabolism, family and home environment, and community and social factors. For some children and families, obesity may be influenced by the following:
- too much time spent being inactive
- lack of sleep
- lack of places to go in the community to get physical activity
- easy access to inexpensive, high calorie foods and sugary beverages
- lack of access to affordable, healthier foods