In the US, childhood obesity affects approximately 12.5 million children and teens. Changes in obesity prevalence show a rapid increase from the 1960s to the 1980s and 1990s when obesity prevalence among children and teens tripled. Recently, a nationally representative study of children and adolescents in the US, ages 2 to 19 years, showed that the prevalence of obesity from 2011 to 2014 was 17.0% and extreme obesity prevalence was 5.8% . Childhood obesity can also increase risk factors for cardiovascular hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Citation: Hakkak R, Bell A. 2016. Obesity and the Link to Chronic Disease Development. J Obes Chronic Dis 1(1): 1-3. the prevalence of obesity from 2011 to 2014 was 17.0% and extreme obesity prevalence was 5.8% .