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Teen and childhood obesity has shot up a lot over the last few years. Today, there are ten times more children and teens that are obese than there were 40 years ago. Obesity is a big problem in the United States. East and South Asia has seen a rise in obesity as well.
- Over the past four decades, obesity rates in children and adolescents have soared globally, and continue to do so in low- and middle-income countries
- obesity rates are unacceptably high in developed countries but they have recently plateaued
- Being obese as a child comes with a high likelihood of being obese as an adult and associated health risks including increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
“Being obese as a child comes with a high likelihood of being obese as an adult and the many health consequences that come with it, including the increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.”