Join the Early Years Fit Generation: Fight the Obesity Crisis
What parents can do to boost fitness levels together as a family, and ways to make lasting changes to improve everyone's overall health
The rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled over the past three decades, leading to serious health problems.
17 percent of kids ages 2 to 19 today are obese -- and one third are overweight. That means 1 in 3 kids has a weight problem.
3- to 5-year-olds at 24 different preschools were sitting 89 percent of the time, one study found. Another pinpointed a dramatic drop in activity levels between the ages of 3 and 5.
45 percent of young teens who are newly diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2, or "adult-onset," diabetes. High cholesterol and high blood pressure are also common.