Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity

Obesity in children and youth is a serious issue with health and social consequences that often continue into adulthood. Obesity may lead to the following:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Social discrimination

Implementing effective, evidence-based prevention programs, supporting changes in communities and schools that make healthier choices possible through efforts like the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership and changing behaviors are important to controlling the obesity epidemic in children.

Quick facts

In the U.S., the prevalence of obesity among youth ages 2-19 was 17 percent in 2011-2014.1

Information for parents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed resources that parents can use to help children maintain a healthy weight. Go to the CDC website with tips for parents.

Information for health care providers

The Minnesota Department of Health has developed a childhood obesity messaging tool that health care providers can use to discuss weight management strategies with families.


1Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Fryar CD, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity among adults and youth: United States, 2011–2014. NCHS data brief, no 219. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015.

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 08:41AM