10 facts about childhood obesity in Indianapolis

With nearly a third of Indianapolis children overweight or obese, at least one doctor warns that they need to change their diets and parents need to live by example.

“Children who are currently obese ... are a ticking time bomb!” says Dr. Louis Tetrick of highly rated Northpoint Pediatrics — Castleton. “Within 20 years they will almost for certain develop complications [such as] high blood pressure, abnormal insulin levels, and gall bladder and fatty liver diseases.”

The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends parents enforce the 5-2-1-0 rule: 5 servings of vegetables/fruits, 2 hours of TV, 1 hour of activity and 0 sweetened beverages. Get the facts on kids’ obesity and overall health in Indy:

100 — The average estimated age to which a child born today can expect to live.

2 — Rank for cancer as the cause of death among children in Indiana ages 1 to 14. Accidental injuries rank first and homicide third.

29 — Percentage of Indy area children who watch three hours or more of TV each day.

38 million — Number of school days lost each year due to flu.

1956 ­ — The year the first pediatric open heart procedure was performed in Indianapolis.

9.4 ­— Percentage of babies born underweight in Marion County in 2008. The percentage of underweight babies born in surrounding counties: 8.1 in Boone, 6.8 in Hamilton, 7.1 in Hendricks and 7.8 in Johnson.

29.9% — Portion of children living in Indiana between the ages of 2 and 5 who are considered overweight or obese.

$3 billion ­— Annual medical care costs of childhood obesity.

$88 — Billions of dollars spent on pediatric health care by insurers and consumers in 2010, up nearly 12 percent from 2007.

880­ — Approximate number of Indianapolis reviews members have filed in four years on primary care for children.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, Federal Communications Commission, Health Care Cost Institute, Indiana Cancer Consortium, Indiana University, Kaiser Family Foundation, Marion County Health Department, The Lancet


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