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Childhood Obesity America’s Imminent War on a Silent Yet Growing Epidemic

December 5, 2010
by Erica Lopez
Urban Latino

 

Americans have a hefty appetite. In fact, the United States has become synonymous with over-consumption, unhealthy eating habits and for many, an ever-expanding waistline. While the percentage of adults considered overweight and their incidents of obesity-related diseases continue to climb nationwide, it is the country’s most innocent citizens who are vastly affected by this surging epidemic.

“Right now we run the risk of losing our children – that is the bottom line,” says John Govea, senior program officer, childhood obesity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and proud Mexican-American. “For Latino boys, who were born in the year 2000, almost half will be diagnosed with diabetes in their lifetime and it is even worse for Latinas at 52.5 percent.”

A recent report conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Trust for America’s Health named “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010,” examined trends in the growth of obesity within the United States. According to the study, some 10.4% of children aged 2-to-5 and nearly one in five of tweens and teens from 12-to-19 are overweight. Those figures have nearly tripled in the last 30 years. These alarming statistics are directly attributed to the high percentage of obese parents within the U.S.

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