Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on a child’s health and overall well-being. The percentage of overweight children is growing at an alarming rate. Now, one in three kids are considered overweight or obese in the United States. Kids are spending much more time inside and less time exercising and playing outside. The Television, computer and video-game console has had a large impact on childhood obesity on today’s families. Additionally, time constraints on today’s busy families make it harder to prepare nutritious home-cooked meals. Adapting the way your family eats and exercises can easily prevent your kids from becoming overweight. Helping kids live healthier lifestyles begins with the parents leading by example. Obesity increases the risk for serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Obese children may also be prone to physiological effects such as low self-esteem based on peer rejection and bullying. Is your child at risk of being overweight and obesity? Talk to your doctor about a healthy plan to keep the entire family on track to a healthy lifestyle.