Childhood Obesity Is A Growing Threat To America's Children

August 5, 2010
by Dr. Henrie M. Treadwell, Delores Bolden Stamps, Ph.D. and Mary Currie


Atlanta, GA ( -- Researchers, physicians and policymakers are increasingly recognizing the physical and mental health threats stemming from the wave of childhood obesity sweeping across the country. It is equally important that the search for solutions focuses on the root causes - the school, economic and community conditions that are incubators for this epidemic.

Clearly, the latest data indicate that the United States faces an obesity crisis, particularly among children. According to a report by the Trust for America's Health (TAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, obesity rates increased in 28 states over the past year, with 38 - more than two-thirds of the states - having adult rates above 25 percent.

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