FINALLY: Obesity rates among America’s impoverished children are actually declining
Some not-so-surprising facts and figures on fat and figures: Americans are fat. According to data released earlier this year by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, America is the fattest country in the developed world; and tragically, it’s kids who bear much of obesity’s burden.
The CDC reports that roughly 17% (or 12.5 million) of U.S. children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese (the U.S. is second only to Greece in the proportion of children who are affected by excess body weight). And while obesity rates have slowed or stabilized in many other countries, in America they’ve actually increased; since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has nearly tripled. Obesity during childhood is likely to continue into adulthood. Continue Reading