The childhood obesity epidemic in America is a national health crisis. One in every three children
(31.7%) ages 2-19 is overweight or obese.
The life-threatening consequences of this epidemic create
a compelling and critical call for action that cannot be ignored. Obesity is estimated to cause 112,000
deaths per year in the United States,
and one third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to
develop diabetes during their lifetime.
The current generation may even be on track to have a shorter
lifespan than their parents.
Along with the effects on our children’s health, childhood obesity imposes substantial economic costs.
Each year, obese adults incur an estimated $1,429 more in medical expenses than their normal-weight
Overall, medical spending on adults that was attributed to obesity topped approximately $40
billion in 1998, and by 2008, increased to an estimated $147 billion.
Excess weight is also costly during
childhood, estimated at $3 billion per year in direct medical costs.