Since 1980, the number of obese adults in the U.S. has doubled. According to the CDC, millions of Americans currently are obese. The increase in obesity isn’t limited to adults. The rate of obesity has tripled for children during this same time period. Find out more about the risks of extra weight by taking this quiz.
A child who is obese is more likely to become an obese adult. But most overweight children will not become obese, the NIDDK says. These things affect whether an overweight child becomes an overweight adult:
A healthy weight is a good goal, but keep in mind that children have different needs for calories and other nutrients than adults do. Any weight-loss program for children must allow for this. It is important to develop good eating habits during childhood. They will continue when the child becomes an adult.