The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed the data from 2010 to 2012 to study the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children in Wyoming County, New York, USA.
The data found that 35.9% of pre-kindergarteners and 35.4% of seventh and tenth graders are overweight and 18.1% and 16.2%, respectively, are obese.
The 2012-13 data shows an increase in obesity by 1.3%, with an overall increase in both obesity and overweight by 0.3%. Obesity in children increases the risk of developing diabetes, social and psychological problems, and other serious health issues as adults like cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
A study published in the Pediatrics journal
found that childhood abdominal obesity appears to be leveling off after the 30-year increase. Abdominal obesity refers to excessive belly fat and it is the most dangerous form of obesity.
Studies show that there are more than 20 factors that play into the weight of children. Some of the factors include income, access to fast food restaurants, parenting styles, nutrition in home and school, genetics, physical education and body image.