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Gina Kolata on Costs and Effects of Childood Obesity

There’s been a lot of discussion on the topic of childhood obesity in the last few years, especially with our First Lady bringing this topic to the forefront of national conversation.

Gina Kolata from the New York Times writes about the results of a major new study involvingĀ 7,738 children from a nationally representative sample.

The findings of the study present some troubling trends:

  • for many obese adults obesity was established very early in life – by the time they were 5 years old
  • a third of children who were overweight in kindergarten were obese by eighth grade
  • almost every child who was very obese remained that way

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