We keep hearing about the increasing prevalence of obesity among adults, now the epidemic appears to be affecting our children. A new study based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics reported the alarming statistic that 1 in 5 American 4-year olds are obese (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine April 2009). That means more than half a million 4 year olds are obese, ethnic differences were observed.
Asian children 13% were obese
White children 16% were obese
Black children 21% were obese
Hispanic children 22% were obese
American Indian children 31% were obese
A related story presented at a recent American Heart Association meeting reported that obese children have been found to have neck arteries similar to 45 year olds. Obese children develop the fatty plaque buildup much earlier.
We need to start early with children – get them to develop heart healthy lifestyles!!
Visit http://www.heart-strong.com (Little Hearts section) for info kids can use.