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Why is childhood obesity on the rise?

At the individual level, childhood obesity is the result of an imbalance between the calories a child consumes as food and beverages and the calories a child uses to support normal growth and development, metabolism, and physical activity. Other factors contributing to the rise in childhood obesity include:

  • Genetic influences
  • Behavioral factors
    • Energy intake
    • Physical activity
    • Sedentary behaviors
  • Environmental factors
    • Home
    • Childcare
    • School
    • Community

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Contributing Factors"