Why are so many kids overweight or obese?

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Obesity rates have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents since the late 1970s. In fact, nearly 1 in 2 children in the U.S. is overweight or obese. And rates are higher among minority communities, where nearly 40 percent of the children are overweight or obese. 

Lifestyles influenced by the “digital age”—including the prevalence of video games, computers and social media—have influenced more sedentary habits and less active childhoods compared with previous generations. Fewer physical education requirements in public schools also add to the increase in obesity rates.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

A slew of changes in our country over the past few decades have combined to produce a national weight problem. In this video, First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Dr. Oz about how parents can help their children get active and shed excess weight.


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