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1 in 3 children in america are overweight or obese. In the last 30 years, childhood obesity rates have tripled. In five years, if this trend continues, 50% of american children will be overweight or obese.

Obese children can develop diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, heart failure, and fatty livers. Obese children often fail to develop properly during puberty. Girls may develop cysts on their ovaries and have permanently short stature. Boys may never properly develop into men due to low testosterone causing hypogonadism.

Many parents have scolded their overweight children for having a dirty neck or dirty armpits. The parents who have scrubbed their children’s skin are horrified and ashamed to learn that the problem is not dirt at all … rather, the weight problems have caused excess pigment deposits under the skin. When their child loses weight, the “dirty skin” becomes normal and clear.