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Childhood Obesity

Rates of childhood obesity have increased more than threefold in the last 30 years. Obesity can have both immediate and long-term effects on children’s health, ranging from poor self-esteem, sleep apnea, and asthma, to increased risks for heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. Together, parents, caregivers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals, as well as schools and policy makers, can help reverse the rising rates of childhood obesity and help children live healthier lives.

In addition to resources on healthy eating, physical activity, and weight management for physicians, patients, and their families, the AMA has a number of policies that aim to promote and support healthy lifestyles both inside and outside of the physician's office.