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CDC: Many kids who are overweight don't even know it

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CDC: Many kids who are overweight don't even know it

By Stella Inger. CREATED Jul 23, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)-- According to a new study by the CDC, many kids who are overweight, don't see themselves that way. This study spanned from 2005 to 2012.  Almost a third of children and teens between the ages of  8 and 15 put themselves in the wrong weight category. That's a little more than 9 million young people. More than three quarters of overweight young people and more than 40 percent of obese kids didn't realize they had a weight problem.The issue?  If you don't see yourself having a problem, then you can't change to a more healthy lifestyle. Being overweight or obese compromises a child's health, increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other health issues.

Stella Inger

Stella Inger

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Stella Inger anchors the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 PM news with Guy Atchley. When not working, Stella loves to volunteer in her community. She enjoys working with children and helping homeless animals find loving homes.