America is experiencing a serious epidemic in childhood obesity. Currently, 16.3% of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years are obese with 31.9% either obese or overweight. This translates to 12 million children and adolescents being obese and over 23 million being either obese or overweight. A more troubling fact is that, during the last four decades, childhood obesity rates have more than quadrupled from 4.2 to 17% among 6 to 11 years old children and for adolescentsâ€™ age 12 to 19 years from 4.6% to 17.6% CITATION Nat10 l 1033 (American Public Health Association, 2010)
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