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Subject: Test your childhood obesity IQ
Body copy: Think childhood obesity doesn’t concern you? Take this quiz to see just how much you know about childhood obesity, the dangerous health consequences of childhood obesity and how childhood obesity affects us all.
True or False: One out of every five children is overweight.
False. One out of every three U.S. children is overweight or obese.
True or False: Kids should get 30 minutes of exercise a day.
False. The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. But 92 percent of elementary schools don’t have daily PE classes, and nearly one-third of elementary schools don’t schedule recess on a regular basis. Only about 1/3 of high school students take daily PE classes.
True or False: You shouldn’t worry about “baby fat” in young kids. Obesity is something that affects older kids and teens.
False. The obesity rate among kids ages 6 to 11 tripled over the past two decades, and the obesity rate for kids ages 2 to 5 more than doubled. There is such a thing as unhealthy weight gain even in young children. But be sure to check with your pediatrician before you start limiting or restricting food to your toddler or young child.
True or False: Obesity runs in families and overweight parents are more likely to have overweight kids.
False. Genetics can play a role in weight gain, but with obesity rates skyrocketing, children from all families are affected by this epidemic. Too little exercise and too many calories is the real cause of childhood obesity.
True or False: Overweight children and teens are more likely to suffer social isolation and depression.
True. They’re also more at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, orthopedic problems and other serious health issues.
With 25 million U.S. children obese or at risk of becoming obese, childhood obesity is a problem that affects us all. Overweight children face serious health risks now and down the road. Whether your child is overweight or not, it’s never too late—or too early—to teach him or her the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.
Learn more about childhood obesity at Be Smart. Be Well. Childhood Obesity.