Ten times more children and teens obese today than 40 years ago

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • 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.”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/10/health/child-adolescent-obesity-global-increase/index.html