Today, about one of three American kids and teens are overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. There are also psychological effects. Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression.
However, there’s good news: Obesity can be stopped. And it doesn’t take high-tech treatments or cutting-edge medications. The solution begins and ends with the daily decisions we make. The American Heart Association is working to help kids and families live heart-healthy lives. Use the resources below to help your family live longer, healthier lives.
Find out what we’re doing to improve children’s health and create a nation of healthier kids.
|How to Make a Healthy Home|
Parents and caregivers are essential decisionmakers when it comes to the nutrition, physical activity and health needs of their children. Help your child develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits.
|Activities for Kids|
Inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. Join the American Heart Association as we strive to teach kids the importance of staying active and eating healthy. Help your child live a stronger, healthier life with some of these programs and activities.
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown Praises House Passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
On December 2, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. This bipartisan legislation will give more children access to nutritious meals and remove junk food and sugary beverages from vending machines in schools. The American Heart Association strongly believes that a healthier school environment will nurture academic achievement and reduce childhood obesity rates.
Read the background bill information.
Check out AHA advocacy activities in nutrition and obesity.