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Kids' Health Issues to Watch: Obesity: Beyond the Body

Obesity: Beyond the Body

It's long been known that obesity is linked to such medical conditions as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and cancer, but its psychological and social consequences took center stage this year.

One study showed that overweight kids and teens might be the target of bias and stereotyping by their peers and teachers, and even their parents. Another showed that obese girls were less likely to attend college than their peers. And yet another showed that social networks of family and friends might facilitate the spread of obesity in adults. As these social and psychological aspects become better understood, treatment options are likely to look beyond diet and exercise and address the mental components of obesity.

What to Watch:

The fight against childhood obesity will focus on prevention through fitness and healthy eating strategies that are integrated into home, schools, and communities. These efforts will take into account the psychological, social, and emotional issues that play a role in obesity — and their effects on kids' development.

For Kids:
Kids' Nutrition & Fitness Center
What Being Overweight Means

For Teens:
When Being Overweight Is a Health Problem
About Overweight and Obesity
5 Ways to Reach a Healthy Weight

For Parents:
Overweight and Obesity
Nutrition & Fitness Center
News - The Role Relationships Play in Obesity
News - New OTC Diet Pill Not for Kids
News - The Emotional Toll of Obesity
News - Lack of Sleep Tied to Obesity

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