Kids Health Matters
Updated: Friday, January 11 2013, 09:40 AM EST
The CDC calls it an epidemic.
In the past 30 years the number of children considered "overweight" or "obese" has tripled.
Obesity can lead to numerous diseases, bone and joint problems, diabetes, and heart disease...all of which are preventable.
It's a sobering statistic, 17% of children ages 2 -19 are considered obese. That's 12.5 million children.
So what can kids and parents do to reverse this disturbing trend?
Dr. Teresa Herbert, "you have to persevere by offering healthy food with the expectation that at some point your child will at some point try it and eventually like it."
It's not just about getting kids to eat healthier foods, it's about helping them get rid of those calories too.
Experts say health and wellness is a lifestyle and it's a choice.