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Childhood Obesity in Colorado
Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.
Obesity is the result of caloric imbalance (too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed) and is mediated by genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors. Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term health impacts:
- Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
- Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.
- The negative social impact to an overweight youth in the school environment can have life-long emotional effects.
While obesity rates in Colorado are lower than the national average, the state has experienced the same alarming upward trends in body mass index (BMI) for children and adults.
In 2005, Colorado Health Services reported that 13.7 percent of Colorado children ages 2-14 were overweight and an additional 15.1 percent were at risk for being overweight. Analysis showed that if a parent is obese, a child is 2.3 times more likely to be overweight or at risk for overweight than if the parent is not obese. This association does not hold if the parent is overweight but not obese. Looking more broadly at overall health, a child is 3.5 times more likely to be in good to excellent health if the parent also has good to excellent health.
Better Life Introduces a Colorado First
Better Life is focused on healthy weight for the entire family. Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases and emotional challenges that children can face. We understand that youths can be more of a challenge to keep on a healthy track.
Better Life Medical Weight Loss™, in cooperation with the Colorado Childhood Obesity Coalition, has developed a FREE weight loss counseling program for youths from 8 to 17 years old.
Call and schedule a youth appointment. It is FREE. Your youth will receive one-on-one counseling and education. We will look at their lifestyle and help them to better understand a path to a long, healthy life. We will help you get your youth on a healthy track.