THE ISSUE: 

RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN RATES 

OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY & OVERWEIGHT 

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Across all age groups, rates of obesity and overweight remain highest among Black and Latinx children.

Racial disparities in rates of childhood obesity

Children 2 to 19. Source: Wang Y and Beydoun MA. The Obesity Epidemic in the United States — Gender, Age, Socioeconomic, Racial/Ethnic, and Geographic Characteristics: A Systematic Review and Meta-Regression Analysis. Epidemiol Rev, 29: 6-28, 2007. And, CDC/NCHS, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011-2012.

AVERTING A DISMAL FUTURE:

obese children are 5 times more likely to  be obese adolescents

Since obese children are 5 times more likely to

be obese adolescents and adults and to suffer from chronic health conditions, such as 

 

  • hypertension 

  • diabetes 

  • high cholesterol 

  • asthma and 

  • mental health problems

throughout their entire adult lives, the current racial and ethnic disparity in obesity and overweight rates predicts an epidemic of ill health for communities of color for generations to come. 

D.S. Freedman, M. Zuguo, S.R. Srinivasan, G.S. Berenson, W.H. Dietz. Cardiovascular risk factors and excess adiposity among overweight children and adolescents: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Journal of Pediatrics 2007;Volume 150, Number 1, pages 12–17. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm

In helping to create a healthier future for all of our nation's children, Food Discovery Fun Labs can help reduce the potential societal and economic burden of a generation of at-risk children who become unhealthy adults. 

The price we pay in health care costs for obesity

4 Marder W and Chang S. Childhood Obesity: Costs, Treatment Patterns, Disparities in Care, and Prevalent Medical Conditions. Thomson Medstat Research Brief, 2006. www.medstat.com/pdfs/childhood_obesity.pdf (accessed May 2009).Retreived from http://www.nccor.org/downloads/ChildhoodObesity_020509.pdf

 

5. Cawley J, Meyerhoefer C. The medical care costs of obesity: an instrumental variables approach. Journal of Health Economics. 31(1):219-230. 2012 Retrieved from http://www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org/learn-the-facts/economic-costs-of-obesity/ 

 

4 Marder W and Chang S. Childhood Obesity: Costs, Treatment Patterns, Disparities in Care, and Prevalent Medical Conditions. Thomson Medstat Research Brief, 2006. www.medstat.com/pdfs/childhood_obesity.pdf (accessed May 2009).Retreived from http://www.nccor.org/downloads/ChildhoodObesity_020509.pdf

 

5. Cawley J, Meyerhoefer C. The medical care costs of obesity: an instrumental variables approach. Journal of Health Economics. 31(1):219-230. 2012 Retrieved from http://www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org/learn-the-facts/economic-costs-of-obesity/ 

4 Marder W and Chang S. Childhood Obesity: Costs, Treatment Patterns, Disparities in Care, and Prevalent Medical Conditions. Thomson Medstat Research Brief, 2006. www.medstat.com/pdfs/childhood_obesity.pdf (accessed May 2009).Retreived from http://www.nccor.org/downloads/ChildhoodObesity_020509.pdf

 

5. Cawley J, Meyerhoefer C. The medical care costs of obesity: an instrumental variables approach. Journal of Health Economics. 31(1):219-230. 2012 Retrieved from http://www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org/learn-the-facts/economic-costs-of-obesity/