Children in Arizona and elsewhere are the focus of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The effort attempts to shine a light on what some health and medical experts call an epidemic. According to the National Childhood Obesity Awareness website, more than 23 million children and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Pediatrician Doctor Bill Cosgrove says children struggling with extra weight can have serious health problems now and in the future. He says it can also hurt a child's chance of having fun, at school and with friends.
Cosgrove says obese children are at greater risk of suffering from Type Two diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke. According to the most recent figures from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Arizona is the sixth-highest state for its percentage of childhood obesity.