Why tackle childhood obesity? Because, frankly, we can’t afford not to.
In the 2012-2013 school year, ~160k or 34% of Dallas County children were obese, and 14% were at risk of becoming obese. Only 52% were considered to have a healthy BMI.
Obesity already costs Texas businesses more than $3 billion per year. If the problem goes unaddressed, by 2025 that cost will climb to nearly $16 billion.
The American Obesity Society lists Dallas as one of the "Top 10 Overweight Cities" in the U.S.
Based on the current number of obese children, the number of obese adults is expected to triple the state’s adult obesity rate by 2040.
The Alliance's long-term goal with this initiative is to prevent and reduce childhood obesity in North Texas, as measured by BMI.
As the Healthy Weight Management Initiative, we strive: