Monthly Health Observance
Each month UH Population Health will feature a “population” highlighted as part of national health observances.
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a time when we can learn about ways to prevent obesity and promote physical and mental health in children. The reasons why a child becomes obese are highly complex.
Fast Facts About Childhood Obesity
In 2019-20, 16.2% of youth ages 10 to 17 had obesity, according to the latest National Survey of Children's Health.
During the pandemic, the national rate of obesity among kids ages 2 to 19 increased to 22.4% (2020), up from 19.3% in 2019.
In the U.S., childhood obesity alone is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in direct health expenses.
60:00The CDC states that children need 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Both sports and unstructured play can help provide aerobic conditioning, muscle-building and bone-strengthening.
Develop Healthy Eating Habits
Adequate Sleep is Critical in Preventing Obesity
Did you know that children 6-12 years old need 9-12 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night and youth 13-18 need 8-10 hours? Too little sleep is associated with obesity partly because inadequate sleep can make us eat more and be less physically active.