Being overweight can have serious health consequences for children and adults. In fact about 1 in 3 American kids/teens are overweight or obese and 2 in 3 American adults are overweight or obese.
Memorial Healthcare and other Shiawassee County-based health and human service agencies have collaborated to provide you with this single resource for information about how to keep your family active and healthy at all stages of development.
During the past 25 years there has been a significant increase in obesity in the United States with all states, including Michigan, experiencing a dramatic increase in the prevalence of adult obesity from 1999 to 2014.
According to the Shiawassee County Community Health Status Assessment in 2016, 34% of adults in Shiawassee County were overweight. 41% of Shiawassee County adults were obese, which means they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Being obese places an individual at significantly higher risk of developing diseases such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and other heart-related illnesses.
In 2015, 30.3% of Michigan's youth, grades 9 through 12, were either overweight or obese (16% were overweight and 14.3% were considered to be obese) according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Kids today spend less time being active. They spend more time in front of the TV or computer. Hectic schedules and safety concerns have become barriers to activity. Busy families often have less time to prepare home-cooked meals, and parents rely more on fast food and prepackaged meals.
What You Can Do:
Helping your child eat right and be active may mean changing the way your family eats and exercises. You can help your child lead a healthy life by teaching good habits now.
It is important for children and adults to receive regularly scheduled checkups by a qualified health provider. Find a Doctor
The information found in the Weight Management Resource page is intended to assist parents and individuals in their efforts to learn more about the obesity problem that currently exists in the United States and is in no way intended to replace or substitute the care provided by an individual's healthcare provider.