Childhood Obesity Increased by Nearly 50 Percent Worldwide Since 1980

May 28, 2014
by Bryan Toporek
Education Week

It's likely no surprise that the United States touts the highest proportion of the world's obese population (13 percent), with China and India representing an additional 15 percent combined.

A report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last August found childhood-obesity rates to have more or less stabilized over the past decade in the United States. Adults' obesity rates, while higher than the childhood-obesity rates, also showed signs of leveling off, according to the report.

As Ng alluded to, however, childhood obesity can have serious long-lasting ramifications. A study published online earlier this month in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found men and women who are obese at age 25 to have a significantly higher chance of being severely obese a decade later.

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