Kids: 'They're not going to outlive their parents'

September 6, 2009
by Jason Hardin
Greensboro News & Record

Among the litter of modern American society - all the candy wrappers, fast food bags, suburban sprawl, TV addictions - lies a harsh truth about childhood obesity.

Annual costs for treating obesity-related conditions in children more than tripled between 1979 and 1999.

Overweight children are much more likely to have weight issues as adults. Two-thirds of adults are now obese or overweight, a figure that costs the nation more than $100 billion annually  in health care and other costs, according to the Trust for America's Health.

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