Even though obesity rates have slowly started to decline in adults and preschool aged children, obesity is still a very serious problem for children and young adults.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17 percent (12.7 million) children and adolescents between the ages of 2-19 are obese. Obesity is very complex disorder that is more than just a cosmetic issue. Besides having excessive amounts of skin, you also increase your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and many other health issues.
Due to little improvement in preventing childhood obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) changed its guidelines (previously updated in 2003) to urge pediatricians to prioritize and be more active in childhood weight management.
How can your pediatrician be more involved?
Cori Cross, MD, shares why obesity rates haven't gotten any better for children, as well as why it's important to talk about prevention with your pediatrician.