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FIGHT & BEAT CHILDHOOD OBESITY WITH STATISTICS, INFORMATION AND PRODUCTS/SERVICES

Statistics on Childhood Obesity, Health & Fitness

Mike Magee and Health Politics: Exercise and Childhood Obesity (October 22, 2003) 
-The rates of obesity have more than doubled and tripled over the past 35 years: 
*6-12 year olds: Childhood Obesity grew from 4% to 13% 
*12-19 year olds: Childhood Obesity and Teen Obesity grew from 5% to 14% 
-Due to a sedentary lifestyle, nearly half of young people, ages 12-21 years get little or no vigorous exercise on a daily basis 
-Sedentary children are more likely to be obese and obese children have higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol levels and a greater incidence of juvenile diabetes/Type 2 diabetes. 
-Childhood Obesity is likely to lead to adult obesity: 
*The probability of becoming an obese adult, if obese at ages six, is 50%. 
*The chances of becoming an obese adult, if obese at age 13, is 70%-80%. 

University of Michigan-Fitness for Youth Program Research (2) 
-Nine out of ten parents think their children are physically fit, when actually only one out of three are. 

Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (TN) (2) 
-Physical inactivity and poor diet together account for at least 300,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. 
-The incidence of obesity among young children has doubled in the last 10 years. 
-Physical inactivity increases the risk of premature death and heart disease, and developing diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure. 
-Quality physical education programs serve as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. 

American Journal of Medical Science (2) 
-Children who perform better on standardized tests have more favorable body composition and lipid profiles (HDL or "bad¨ cholesterol). 
-Programs that increase regular activity in youths hold promise in reducing adult heart disease. 

Journal of the American Medical Association (2) 
-By 1998, 22% of black children aged 4 to 12, 22% of Hispanic and 12% of white children were significantly overweight -- 
-Between 1991 and 2000, incidence of obesity increased 61% and incidence of type 2 diabetes increased 44%. These are called "twin epidemics¨ (2001) Note: This has become so prevalent that at least one author now calls it "Diabesity". 

American Heart Association (2) 
-Parents who model healthy eating and exercise habits greatly influence their children¡¦s health. 
-Healthy lifestyle training should start in early childhood. 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) (2) 
-Each year, physical inactivity contributes to nearly 260,000 deaths in the United States. 
-5.3 million (12.5%) American children are overweight or obese. 
-71% of American adults are overweight; 30% are obese. 

Baylor College of Medicine (2) 
-Children today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents for the first time in 100 years because of the epidemic of obesity. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (2) 
-70% of overweight children aged 10 to 13 will be overweight and obese adults. 

United States Dietary Association (USDA) (2) 
-Fewer than half of U.S. school children participate in physical education. (1998) 

American Journal of Ob/Gyn (2) 
-The average weight of pregnant women at their first visit has increased from 144 to 172 lbs., from 1980 to 1999. (2001) 
-Obese women are significantly at risk for cesarean deliveries, gestational diabetes and large birth weight babies. (2001) 

MSNBC (September 7, 2004) (3) 
Study shows that girls participating in 1-5 hours per week of proper exercise can reduce the prevalence of obesity and being overweight by 10-43%. 

Daily News (May 2005) 
Risk Factors for diabetes 
-Being overweight and/or obese 
-Having a family history of diabetes 
-Having Latino, African-American, Native American or Pacific Asian Islander ancestry 
-Having blackened skin around the neck, groin and under the arms 
-From 1990 to 1998, there was a 67% increase in diabetes among California adults. If the current trends continue, 33% of boys and 39% of girls born in the U.S. will develop diabetes. The following table illustrates a link between diabetes and the prevalence of overweight and unfit people in various California Assembly Districts in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties:

Assembly District

Diabetes Related Deaths 
per 100,000 
1996-2000

Percentage Overweight 
2001 

Percentage Unfit 
2001 

36th

97.7

25.8%

51.2%

37th

71.6

23.9%

36.9%

38th

73.6

24.3%

37.4%

39th

114.9

30.4%

53.9%

40th

80.6

26.1%

43.1%

41st

65.2

26.0%

37.1%

42nd

62.7

24.6

43.2

43rd

81.1

28.0%

37.4%

44th

74.4

25.7%

38.4%

NOTES: 
(1)Health Politics with Mike Magee, Segment entitled "Exercise and Childhood Obesity", October 22, 2003 (www.healthpolitics.com/program_info.asap?p=prog?18) 
(2)Statistics on children's health and fitness were compiled and distributed by Stretch-n-Grow, February 2002 
(3) www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5927021

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