New research suggests the rates of childhood obesity are increasing.
U.S. (WiredPRNews.com) – Childhood obesity rates have reportedly risen over the past several years. As reported by HealthDay News, new research has found growth in rates of obesity in kids and teens ages 10 to 17.
Christina Bethell, director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at Oregon Health & Science University and lead investigator for the study, is quoted in the report as stating in a news release of the findings, “While combined overweight and obesity rates appear to be leveling off, our findings suggest a possible increase in the severity of the national childhood obesity epidemic, especially for certain subgroups of children and in certain states… Nationally, one in three children is overweight or obese, but even in the states where the epidemic appears least threatening, nearly one in four children is affected, and that rises as high as one in every two for some groups of children in some states.”
More information about the findings may be available in the March publication of Heath Affairs.
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