Causes of Childhood Obesity

7 Surprising Reasons Your Child Is Gaining Weight

You’re not alone if your kid struggles to slim down. Find out what’s behind the extra pounds—and what you can do about it

The Reality of Childhood Obesity

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We’ve all heard the statistic: One in every three kids in America is either overweight or obese. While too much soda and not enough exercise are big reasons children are packing on pounds, there are less obvious factors that affect their weight. From busy class schedules to lack of family meals, children are fighting an uphill battle against fat. “Kids are always being enticed to eat. Whether it’s the brightly colored vending machines at school or commercials on the TV, our children are programmed to be hungry,” says Oz Garcia, PhD, coauthor of The Food Cure for Kids. Here are seven sneaky factors that could be saddling your children with extra pounds—and advice about what you can do to prevent it.

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