Raising Healthy Children: Health Risks of Obesity (FCS80023/FY1356)

Figure 1. Babies need fat for normal growth, but as they develop into children too much fat can be unhealthy.Although babies need fat for warmth and normal growth, as children develop, too much fat can be unhealthy. Childhood obesity may result in health problems early in life and into adulthood. This 4-page fact sheet will help you understand the health risks of obesity and ways to help your child maintain a healthy weight. Written by Stephanie Meyer, Karla Shelnutt, and Gail Kauwell, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, April 2013.