Understanding Your Risk
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute defines the terms “overweight” and “obesity” as a person’s overall body weight and whether it’s too high. Overweight is having extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat, and/or water. Obesity is having a high amount of extra body fat.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in three children is considered obese or overweight. And, the percentage of children who are overweight has more than doubled in the past 30 years.
For children, those extra pounds can add up to health problems, often for life. In fact, being overweight or obese puts you at an increased risk for developing many health problems and diseases, such as coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and many more, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. In addition to physical health, obesity has a significant impact on social and emotional health as overweight children are also more likely to become overweight or obese as adults.