FACT - An estimated 12.5 million children 5 years or younger spend 33 hours per week in child care settings where they may consume most of their daily calories.
Obesity is linked to more chronic conditions than: smoking, poverty and drinking. Increasing the risk of more than 20 preventable conditions, including sleep apnea, asthma, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and high cholesterol stroke.
- Children in their early teens who are obese and who hive high triglyceride levels have arteries similar to those of 45-year-olds.
- Obese children as young as 3 show indicators for developing heart disease later in life.
- Children who are overweight 7-13 years old may develop heart disease as early as age 25.
- Obese children are twice as likely to die before age 55 then their slimmer peers.
Juice (which may lack important fiber found in whole fruit) makes up 40 percent of children’s’ daily fruit intake.
Forty percent to 50 percent of toddlers 12-35 months old watch more television than is recommended.
Nearly ½ of preschool-aged children don’t get enough physical activity.
The cost of obesity in the United States is staggering, totaling about $147 billion.
Children who eat healthy foods and get daily physical activity have:
- Fewer school absences
- Higher academic achievement
- Higher self-esteem
- Fewer behavioral problems
Developmentally, birth to age 5 is an important time to teach children to prefer healthy foods and develop gross motor skills, setting positive patterns and habits.