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
- 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.
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.
- Minnesota Student Survey information
- CDC's BMI calculator for children and teens
- Action for Healthy Kids website
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.