1 in 6 Young Folks Experience Obesity

Free child-teen body mass index calculator

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that obesity rates among children and teens have tripled since 1980, from 6% to 18%. Obesity is declared when someone’s “body mass index” (BMI) tips above 95 percent of people in their age range. (Here’s a simple online Child and Teen BMI calculator.

If there’s a silver lining, however small, the CDC reports, some school districts are taking on the challenge in their cafeterias and vending machines. This CDC article offers 20 links to reports, websites, definitions, and other resources on the topic.

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