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Health Risks of Childhood Obesity

Overweight or obese children are at risk for many of the same chronic health effects as overweight and obese adults — but they may experience these health consequences while they’re still young.

Some of the physical and emotional health risks associated with childhood obesity include:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Social discrimination

These health risks can lead to weight-related health problems well into adulthood. Studies show that obese children and teens are more likely to become obese adults. Learn more about health problems associated with childhood obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

To learn more about the State of Alaska’s efforts to prevent and reduce obesity, visit the Obesity Prevention and Control Program page.