Child Obesity Expected to Soar

Posted on March 6, 2006

A new report published in the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity forecasts child obesity to soar in children worldwide. The AP reports that the forecast says nearly half of North and South American children will be over weight by 2010.

The number of overweight children worldwide will increase significantly by the end of the decade, and scientists expect profound impacts on everything from public health care to economies, a study published Monday said.

Nearly half of the children in North and South America will be overweight by 2010, up from what recent studies say is about one-third, according to a report published by the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity.

Half of all American kids will be overweight within 3-4 years? Many health experts continue to suggest "less exercise, better diet" but there seems to be more going on here. Dr. Phillip Thomas, a surgeon who works with obese patients in Manchester, England, told the AP, "This is going to be the first generation that's going to have a lower life expectancy than their parents."

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