Childhood Obesity: Frequently asked questions

The problem of childhood obesity
Childhood obesity is a serious health problem that affects many children.  Childhood obesity often continues into adulthood and results in health complications. Obesity has been associated with several medical problems such as worsening of asthma, early onset of diabetes, serious injuries and fractured bone, and early heart disease. 

  • How do you know if your child is overweight or obese?
  • How obese are American children?
  • What causes a child to become overweight or obese?
  • What are the factors that cause a child to be overweight or obese?
  • How can you prevent your child from becoming overweight or obese?
  • What are some helpful resources and links?