Teen obesity has reached nearly epidemic proportions in recent years. The American Heart Association and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that between 15% and 33% of adolescents in the United States alone are overweight. The increase in overweight and obese teenagers has also increased the number of teens being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and other physical problems.
Obesity is defined as a body weight roughly 10% higher than recommended according to body type and height. Unfortunately, obesity causes an alarming 300,000 deaths annually in the United States alone, at a cost of nearly 1 billion dollars a year.
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, medical conditions and disorders are responsible for approximately 1% of all teens diagnosed as being overweight or obese, while overeating and lack of exercise make up the majority.
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