Childhood obesity rates continue to escalate.
Statistics show that more than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese or overweight. There is no question, these statistics from HealthierKidsBrighterFutures.org illustrate that childhood obesity is now considered an epidemic.
The site states that “Childhood obesity puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.”
One way to help kids stay at a healthy weight is to assist them in balancing their calories. According to the CDC, “One part of balancing calories is to eat foods that provide adequate nutrition and an appropriate number of calories. You can help children learn to be aware of what they eat by developing healthy eating habits, looking for ways to make favorite dishes healthier, and reducing calorie-rich temptations.”