How Much Does Childhood Obesity Cost Over a Child's Lifetime?

April 7, 2014
by Brian Toporek
Education Week

Since previous research has found a majority of overweight and obese youth maintain the same weight status throughout adulthood, the authors make the case for expanding youth-obesity prevention to all children. 

"There is the potential to improve weight management among all youth that could last well into adulthood," they suggest.

Though childhood-obesity rates in the United States have more or less stabilized over the past decade, per a report released last year by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, roughly 17 percent of U.S. children between the ages of 2 and 19 are considered obese, while 31.7 percent are considered either overweight or obese. In terms of sheer numbers, that loosely translates to 12 million obese children and adolescents and 23 million who could be classified as overweight or obese.

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