Getting to the Core of Childhood Obesity

March 12, 2015 10:20 AM

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We’ve heard the statistics many times before: Too many kids are getting too little exercise and, as a result, a record number of them are now overweight or obese. The children most susceptible are those living in low-income and minority communities where there's often a lack of safe outdoor play space and an abundance of fast-food restaurants.

This is especially problematic because childhood obesity has both short-term and long-term effects on health and well-being. Obese children are more likely to have high risk factors for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, prediabetes, bone and joint problems and sleep apnea. Often, wha...

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