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What the Health?
Immediate Health Effects:
- In a population-based sample of 5-to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
- Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition that creates a high risk for development of diabetes and are at a risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and stigmatization causing poor self-esteem.
Long-term health effects:
- Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm