September 01, 2015
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support to change their children’s habits with the ultimate goal of improving their health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in children and adolescents over the past 30 years. Today, obesity affects one in six children and one in three are overweight, creating greater risks for a number of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and some cancers. Here in Chicago, 48.6 percent of all children are considered overweight or obese according to a City of Chicago study.
That’s why the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago wants families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse its course through increased physical activity and improved eating habits. The following tips will not only help families live healthier together, but also help prevent childhood obesity:
For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, view our Health & Wellness programs page.