Obesity is the No.1 health issue among American children and adolescents. A recent study showed that over 280,000 kids aged 1 to 6 are too fat to use child safety seats. Manufacturers have started making bigger models.
Over the past 30 years, weight problems in children have doubled. Now one of every five U.S. kids is obese. This is a growing problem even among preschoolers. Kids weigh 9 pounds more today than in the early 1960s. Teens’ weight has ballooned 12 to 16 pounds in 40 years.
Childhood obesity inclines young people to hypertension, liver and kidney disease, insulin resistance type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and reproductive dysfunction. It also magnifies the risk of adult obesity and consequent cardiovascular disease- even some forms of cancer.
A 2003 study reported that 21% of all elementary students in New York City, from all incomes, are obese.
From: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Everything by the editors of Discovery Magazine & Dean Christopher
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