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How to Set Children's Health Goals

The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 has more than doubled in the past 26ars, going from 6.5% in 1980 to 17.0% in 2006. The rate among adolescents aged 12 to 19 more than tripled, increasing from 5% to 17.6%. footnote 1

Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. Obesity in adulthood increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and a general poor health status. footnote 2

According to a 2006 CDC survey, 23% of black children and 20% of Hispanic children had not received the recommended five-vaccine series by the age of 35 months. footnote 3

Thirty-two percent of low income children ages 2-17 had not visited a dentist in the last year, according to the same 2006 study.

What will you do to help young people stay healthy?

1. Obesity Prevalence, CDC, accessed 2009,

2. The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity.

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (2006).

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