If you have an overweight child, it is very important that you allow him or her to know that you will be supportive.
The majority of children growing up in America today will be obese by age 35, a new computer analysis predicts. We are already approaching this level of adult obesity for certain subgroups [and] areas of the country.
According to the U.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 20 percent of American children 6 to 19 years old are obese. That reflects a tripling of the number since the s.
The investigators first combined height and weight data from five studies involving about 41, children and adults. They then used a computer model to generate a representative sample of 1 million "virtual" children up to the age of 19, living in the year The model then predicted how obesity rates would unfold until all the virtual children turned The model indicated that being overweight or obese early in life bumped up the risk for being obese later in life.
When extrapolated to reflect American society as a whole, the simulation concluded that more than 57 percent of American children today -- nearly 6 of every 10 -- would end up obese by their mids.
The study by Ward and his colleagues appears in the Nov.
One health and nutrition expert expressed little surprise at the findings. Because "obesity is difficult to reverse at any age," she said, prevention is key. Parents should not rely solely on public school nutrition and activity programs to do the job. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the s.
1 Data from show that nearly 1 in 5 school age children and young people (6 to 19 years) in the United States has obesity. 2 Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. 3 Body mass index (BMI) is a widely used screening tool for measuring obesity. Obesity is a substantial public health crisis in the United States, and internationally, with the prevalence increasing rapidly in numerous industrialized nations.
 A report from the National Center for Health Statistics stated that in US individuals aged 20 years or older, the prevalence of obesity rose steadily from % in to % for the period January-September COMPETITIVE YOUTH SPORTS may be as American as apple pie, but we know a lot less about youth sports than we do about apple pie.
The problem is that while the FDA takes responsibility for knowing. An estimated million Americans are either obese or overweight. Nearly three-quarters of American men and more than 60% of women are obese or overweight.
These are also major challenges for America’s children – nearly 30% of boys and girls under age 20 are either obese or . According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, obese children and adolescents reported significantly lower health-related quality of life in all domains studied.
BackgroundAlthough the current obesity epidemic has been well documented in children and adults, less is known about long-term risks of adult obesity for a given child at his or her present age.