One in Five Preschoolers Are Obese!

 

It’s NOT just Baby Fat, it’s a Nation-wide Epidemic!

A new study from the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine reports that almost one in five American four-year-olds is obese, and the rate is alarmingly higher among blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians.

obese-childrenThe report’s lead author said that rate is worrisome among children so young, even in a population at higher risk for obesity because of other health problems and economic disadvantages.

“The magnitude of these differences was larger than we expected, and it is surprising to see differences by racial groups present so early in childhood,” said Sarah Anderson, an Ohio State University public health researcher. She conducted the research with Temple University’s Dr. Robert Whitaker.

The study is an analysis of nationally representative height and weight data on 8,550 preschoolers born in 2001. Children were measured in their homes and were part of a study conducted by the government’s National Center on Education Statistics.

The findings revealed that almost 13 percent of Asian children were obese, along with 16 percent of whites, almost 21 percent of blacks, 22 percent of Hispanics, and 31 percent of American Indians.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults fare no better. Approximately 45 percent of blacks, 36.8 percent of Mexican Americans and 30 percent of whites are obese.

obesity_1Obesity leads to unhealthy complications such as high blood pressure and abnormal blood lipids which can lead to heart disease and stroke and diabetes in children.

Diseases commonly seen in 40- or 50-year-olds are presenting in six- and seven-year-olds. Obese children are developing type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and musculoskeletal problems, which occur because their bodies can’t carry that much weight.

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