Discuss! Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Well, it looks like we have another epidemic on our hands: childhood obesity. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008 for people between the ages of 6 – 11 and from 5% to 18.1% for people aged 12 – 19 years old.

We should all know that childhood obesity can have some harsh health consequences like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure but childhood obesity can also have some devastating social and emotional consequences like depression, bullying and low self-esteem.

Tell us about your struggle with childhood obesity. Are you overweight or obese? What are you doing to change your health status? Are you being treated unfairly by your friends or other people? Who is trying to help you with your weight loss goals? How are they helping?

For everybody who isn’t overweight or obese: What are you doing in your community to help solve obesity problems? What do you plan to do? What organizations are you working with to be a part of the solution?

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