New statistics showed some scary facts about America’s youth.
Experts say about five percent of American children and teens are considered severely obese.
Just like adults, these children are at risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and clogged arteries.
Due to the increase in children weighing more than normal, doctors say it warranted a new classification that hasn’t been used for children before.
Experts say it is extremely dangerous.
Nearly 4 million children in the U.S. fall into the new category and most struggle to lose weight.
Doctors say when children gain that much weight, it is difficult to help them lose weight with traditional diet and exercise routines.
Kids are classified as severely obese when they have a BMI that is 20 percent higher than the 95th percentile for their gender and age, or a BMI score of 35 or higher.
A child who is in the 95th percentile weighs more than 95 percent of other children his or her age.