When Young Children are Overweight

February 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Feb/Mar2004, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p64
Approximately 13 percent of American children are classified as obese or medically overweight, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The prevalence of obesity in children ages 6 to 11 has doubled in the past 23 years and is on the rise in children under the age of 6. Surprisingly, the greatest threat to a child's weight isn't too much fast food. It's too much television and not enough physical activity. According to medical practitioner William Dietz it is important to establish rules about eating.


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