Childhood Obesity
Childhood Obesity
Over the years, childhood obesity has become a serious issue in the United States. Many different factors contribute to obesity, including genetics, socioeconomic status, living situation, and so much more.
Childhood Obesity
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Determinants of
Childhood Obesity

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Sleep, Physical Activity, Diet & Outside Influences
Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
Monogenic Obesity (Genetics)
Certain Chronic Diseases or Sicknesses

Childhood obesity can be prevented through nutrition, physical activity, and sleep. Click here to learn more.


- Families should eat at the table rather than in front of the TV.
- Children should not consume an excess of sugars, saturated fats, sodium, or processed foods.
- Fast food trips should be limited.
- The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a diet including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat foods, and fat-free dairy products.

Physical Activity
Physical Activity

- Children ages 3-5 should continue to remain physically active and moving throughout the day.
- Children ages 6-17 should get at least 60 minutes of moderate activity every single day.
- Take kids to playgrounds and parks in order to make physical activity fun for them!
- Sign your kids up for sports and clubs that allow of physical activity & socialization.


- Sleep is important for the body's metabolism and the development of a child's brain and body.
- Newborn babies should sleep 14-17 hours each day.
- Children ages 3-5 should sleep for 10-13 hours per day.
- Children ages 6-12 should sleep for 9-12 hours per day.
- Teenagers should sleep for about 8-10 hours per day.

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