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CDC says childhood obesity threatening health of Georgia residents

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sounding the alarm about childhood obesity. Its research shows if something isn't done soon, in just a few years nearly 54 percent of the people in the state, will be obese.

"According to the CDC, by 2030 we will have an obesity rating of 53.6 percent," said Stephanie Walsh.

Dr. Stephanie Walsh is the Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She said a video made by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta was created to illustrate how obese kids become obese.

"I am a pediatrician and I am also a mom. Have I ever given into a kid's tantrum? Absolutely, but I try not to and I think it is sort of like a process of being a parent, learning how to set the limits, choosing your battles and realizing that my kid's health is not about making them happy now, it is about making them healthy forever," said Stephanie Walsh.

Walsh said too many children are dealing with chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

She said making healthier food choices and exercising is the key to a healthy future.

"We have a lot of kids that aren't as active as they need to be and kids who are not eating well. It is not about the weight because people come in many different shapes and sizes but the reality is, if you engage in really healthy behaviors and your kids are active and they are eating well, their weight will find the appropriate place," Stephanie Walsh said.

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