Health Risks of Being Overweight

Article by the National Institutes of Health. Overweight and obesity may increase the risk of many health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. If you are pregnant, excess weight may lead to short- and long-term health problems for you and your child. This fact sheet tells you more about the links between excess weight and many health conditions. It also explains how reaching and maintaining a normal weight may help you and your loved ones stay healthier as you grow older.

The Healthy Human Microbiome

Article by the National Institutes of Health. Researchers have mapped the normal bacteria that live in and on the healthy human body. The accomplishment sets the stage for better understanding how bacterial communities affect human health and disease.

Helping Your Child Who is Overweight

Article by the National Institutes of Health. As a parent or other caregiver, you can do a lot to help your child reach and maintain a healthy weight. Staying active and consuming healthy foods and beverages are important for your child's well-being. You can take an active role in helping your child—and your whole family—learn habits that may improve health.

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Article from PCRM. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17 percent of children in the United States aged 2-19 are obese.1 Obese children and adolescents are at risk for a multitude of diseases and conditions. So what is at risk? What are some of the problems or complications in which childhood obesity effects children now and in the future?

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