Childhood obesity is a growing concern and it can lead to other serious health issues at a young age. Currently about 15 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese. Children are considered to be obese if they are in the top five percent as measured by body mass index or BMI.
Children who are obese are more likely to develop other health conditions, says Dr. Marthe (mar-ta) Phelps, assistant professor of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine. She explains some of the problems usually seen only in adults.
Dr. Phelps says the best treatment for overweight children is prevention. She recommends healthy eating and correct portion sizes.