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Childhood Obesity: Almost 1 in 4 Children Beginning Kindergarten are Overweight or Obese

Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States. It’s something the medical community has been trying to find a solution to for years. A new study has just been published which revealed how dire the situation actually is, and how important a child’s early years are to their future health.

The new study from Emory University revealed almost 1 in 4 children starting kindergarten are either overweight or obese. These kids also have the greatest chance of becoming obese before the third grade. Even more concerning is the study found 12% of children start kindergarten already obese!

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has almost tripled during the last 30 years. In 1980, about 7% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 were obese. By 2010, that number jumped to 18%.

The Emory researchers also found that obesity appears to be established early on in life. Their study found the greatest increase in the prevalence of obesity occurred between first and third grade.

As you can see, by the numbers from the Emory study and the CDC, not only is childhood obesity a problem but early childhood obesity as well. Kids 5-10 years old are being taught terrible health habits that will effect the rest of their lives. These bad habits lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and more. It is imperative that we teach our children great healthy habits from a young age; not only will this decrease childhood obesity but also decrease their likelihood of developing a chronic disease when they become older.

We all realize how important it is to be healthy as an adult, but please don’t forget “health starts as a kid”.

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