Mommy Matters: Growing issues with childhood obesity
In this week's Mommy Matters, September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and we wanted to shed light on a growing problem.
One in three American children and teens is considered overweight or obese, according to the American Heart Association.
Children that are obese are at higher risk of chronic health conditions like asthma, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes.
Local organization genHkids says the problem stems from lifestyles and habits.
"We have children who are poorly nourished, we have children who are underactive," said Kemia Sarraf, M.D., M.P.H.
"As it turns out, we have children who are chronically sleep deprived. Those three things really seem to be forming the foundation for the health crisis that we're seeing in our kids."