Your Health and Your Weight

Safe Weight Gain Tips for Underweight Kids

Despite an obesity epidemic in this country, nearly 4 percent of children and teens are underweight.

Your health and your weight are connected. If your body mass index falls into the range of overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk for diseases and certain conditions. Learn more about BMI, defining overweight and obese, and healthy weights for all ages.

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    Obesity

    Being obese is not about what you weigh, it's about having too much fat in your body. Carrying too much body fat has harmful effects on your health. Read More

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    A recent study suggests there may be a link to asthma in children who are overweight or obese, especially if there is excess body fat around the abdomen. Read More

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    Ungluing your kids from the TV set and other screens may help prevent and treat weight problems. Read More

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    Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids

    A healthy weight for kids is about much more than numbers. It is about healthy behaviors, such as enjoying a variety of nutrient-rich foods and a variety of activities for strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity. Read More