Valley Public Radio: Fresno teen finds hope in diagnosis
When Victor Ycong was diagnosed with diabetes, he thought his life was over. At 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds, the 15-year-old Fresno teenager was already at risk for a slew of diseases associated with being obese. But, he says, his diabetes diagnosis saved him. Now, he exercises and eats better. Listen to the first of two stories about childhood obesity in Fresno County, where 36 percent of adolescents, ages 12 to 17, are overweight or obese. Statewide, that number is about 29 percent.
On measuring obesity, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: A child's weight status is determined using an age- and sex-specific percentile for Body Mass Index (BMI) rather than the BMI categories used for adults because children's body composition varies as they age and varies between boys and girls. Click here for the child and teen BMI Percentile Calculator. Click here for the adult BMI calculator.
Statistics for this story come from the UCLA California Health Interview Survey.