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  • Rates of obesity are climbing among Children.
  • The percentage of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 years.
  • Childhood obesity is on the rise. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. children are obese. Three decades ago, that number was only about 7 percent.
  • Baby fat is something children are supposed to outgrow, not grow into.
  • At one time, an overweight child was more the exception than the rule. But these days, the number of obese children in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate.
  • The analysis of more than 15,000 young people in the United States found about a third of the cases of depression and obesity among those teens could be attributed to being from families with low incomes.
  • The struggle to develop good eating habits among toddlers, preschoolers and older children seems never-ending. But encouraging children to eat right doesn\’t require battle, just some common sense.
  • Do you know how much exercise your kids get? If you take their word for it, you may not have the full story.
  • Children overestimate their activity levels, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. In one study, 45 students ages 11 to 13 wore monitors for two four-day trials. Then researchers checked that data against kids\’ verbal reports. The result? Students said they did more moderate and vigorous activity than they really did.
  • “Many parents overestimate the amount of exercise their kids are getting,” says Janet Silverstein, M.D., a pediatrician who focuses on endocrinology (which includes the study of growth and metabolism). “It’s important for parents to be aware of how much exercise their kids are getting so they can make adjustments.”

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