The Problem behind Childhood Obesity
14 Sep, 2010
Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Blog Carnival
This article was written for inclusion in the blog carnival hosted by Littlestomaks to promote awareness of childhood obesity as part of the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Please read to the end of this article to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
According to government figures, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled over the past three decades. Today, nearly one in three American children is overweight or obese. One-third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.
To emphasize this untenable situation, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that people who were obese as children are more likely to die from disease before the age of 55.