Childhood Obesity Infograph Text

Obesity in Infants to preschoolers

1 in 3 children and adolescents, age 2-19 are overweight or obese and nearly NONE meet healthy diet and physical activity recommendations.

FACT: An estimated 12.5 MILLION CHILDREN, ages 5 or younger, spend 33 HOURS PER WEEL in Child Care Settings where they may Consume Most of Their Daily Calories.

Obesity is linked to More Chronic Conditions than:

  • Smoking
  • Poverty
  • Drinking

Increasing the RISK of more than 20 Preventable conditions, including sleep apnea, asthma, high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, and high cholesterol stroke.

Risk Factors

  • Children in their early teens who are obese and who have 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 from the ages of 7 to 13 may develop heart disease as early as age 25.
  • Obese children are twice as likely to die before age 55 than their slimmer piers.

French Fries are the most common vegetable that children eat, making up 25% of their vegetable intake

Juice – which may lack important fiber found in whole fruit- makes up 40% of children’s daily fuit intake.

Between 40% and 50% of Toddlers (ages 12 to 35 month old, watch more television than is recommended.

Nearly 1/2 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 ACTIVITIY have:

  • Fewer School Absences
  • Higher Academic Achievement
  • Higher Self-Esteem
  • Fewer Behavioral Problems

Obesity may be PREVENTED by:

  • Physical Activity
  • Good Nutrition
  • Less Screen Time
  • More Sleep

Developmentally, Birth to Age Five, is an important time to TEACH children to Prefer Healthy Foods and Develop Gross Motor Skills, setting positive patterns and habits.

The Michigan Healthy Food Access Campaign is an innovative partnership of retailers, agricultural leaders, health advocates, and policymakers dedicated to removing barriers to nutritious food access.