For millions of children and adolescents in the United States, obesity is a big problem -- and it's getting worse.
Between 1980 and 2006, obesity rates more than doubled for children aged 2 to 5 years, and it nearly tripled for children aged 6 to 11, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for those aged 12 to 19, rates of obesity more than tripled during this time period -- from 5 percent to more than 17 percent.
For parents, the trend should be a worrying one; obese children not only experience health problems while they are young, but research suggests that these children are also at a higher risk for certain diseases and conditions later on in life.
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