Washington, D.C. –Recent expert research on childhood obesity shows significant risk for increased emotional and cognitive problems that last well into adulthood. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) joins others in the medical and public health community in calling attention to the mental health impacts of childhood obesity as a burgeoning national public health crisis.
To help combat obesity, AACAP offers a series of Facts for Families handouts which include information for parents about various social contributors that may lead to childhood obesity, and the mental health issues that affect children and adolescents.
For more information see AACAP’s Facts for Families, “Obesity in Children and Teens”
AACAP also offers several additional online resources which include information for parents about the mental illnesses and mental health issues that affect children and adolescents.