Being overweight can have serious health consequences for children and adults. In fact, the percentage of overweight children in the United States has doubled since 1980.
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 20 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 1985 to 2009 (Centers for Disease Control).
According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, between the years 2005 to 2007, 25.9% of adults in Shiawassee County were overweight. By 2008, 30.1% of Shiawassee County adults had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher, which places an individual at significantly higher risk of developing diseases such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and other heart-related diseases.
In 2007, 28.9% of Michigan's youth, grades 9 through 12, were either overweight or obese (16.5% were overweight and 12.4% were considered to be obese).
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.
Childhood Obesity Resources
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.
Adult Weight Management Resources