Battling Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has reached epic proportions, with nearly one-third of American children now considered to be overweight, according to recent estimates. “Overweight kids have a higher risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems,” said Lynn James, a Penn State senior extension educator.

Scale ( the director of Penn State’s award-winning Family Fitness Program, an afterschool course that targets children who are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, James aims to curb childhood obesity in Pennsylvania by educating kids and their families about the benefits of exercise and healthful eating.