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(WEAU)--We've heard it time and time again; obesity is an epidemic in the U.S. But new research shows it affects even more people than previously thought.
The Centers for Disease Control says 1-in-4 Americans is obese.
And as a state, Wisconsin ranks even higher. The CDC says 27% of people in the badger state are considered obese.
"A BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or higher is considered obese so for the average individual let’s say 5'7 inches tall that is about 186 pounds," Buffalo County Public Health Officer Jen Rombalski said.
Rombalski says in Buffalo County 1-in-3 in people is living at a weight dangerous to their health.
But what she calls most alarming is the number of pre-school age children whose weights have already become a problem.
“We are concerned about that because obesity especially in younger years leads to chronic health conditions later in life,” said Rombalski.
The CDC recommends that everyone, children and parents, get 30-60 minutes of exercise a day. So at the Fig Tree Child Care Center in Alma they made getting exercise a game.
“They really liked the game octopus tag,” said Director Nicole Einsman.
Fig Tree Child Care Center is participating in, Catch Me if you Can, a program to get kids exercising. Each kid was challenged to get 30 -60 minutes of physical activity a day and rewarded with a prize.
“The best part of the program is how excited the kids got,” Einsman.
Excitement that hopefully went home too! Rombalski says a healthy lifestyle takes a whole family!