September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. 1 in 6 children in the United States are obese – that is 17 percent! Children who are obese are more likely to develop chronic medical conditions such as asthma, Type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and even heart disease. Obesity can also affect mental health through poor self-esteem, social isolation, and depression. Staying at a healthy weight can be hard, but there are simple things we can all do to support children and promote good health.
And don’t forget – be a role model! Children learn from watching others, not just their parents. Stay healthy and visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Choose MyPlate webpages for more information.