National Childhood Obesity Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Month!  As we head back to school, let us take the time to develop healthier habits and greater self-respect.  But let us also let us continue to respect the struggles of others and know that all people are beautiful no matter what shape or size they are! 
In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups.  This rise in obesity rates has affected our youth in alarming fashion. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.  And this epidemic puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.  Even greater disparities exist among young Hispanics and children of color.
Read more about this epidemic and learn how to take a healthy step here:  http://www.healthierkidsbrighterfutures.org/

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