Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

US Adults Fix Obesity at Early Age

US Adults Fix Obesity at Early Age

"Adult obesity is linked with increased risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer", said Zachary Ward, the lead author of the study. "Obesity will be a significant problem for most children in the United States as they grow older", it said.

While a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that nearly 40% of American adults are now obese, the new research predicts that over 57% of today's children will be obese by the time they reach the age of 35.

From these statistics, researchers have made projections about the evolution of the size and weight of representative samples of the american population up to the age of 35 years.

Even children of normal weight are at risk of being obese adults, according to this study. "Early development of obesity predicted obesity in adulthood, especially for children who were severely obese".

The future of America's children is looking bleak, healthwise: A new study found that more than half of them will be obese by the age of 35. Their work shows that 75% of children two years of age with obesity will always be up to 35 years.

These researchers have relied on data on the size and weight of some 41 567 children and adults.

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"In some ways, this is a surprising finding just because of the sheer magnitude of the problem", Ward said. Weight gain in a child's early years is particularly hard to reverse in adulthood.

The obesity epidemic has been growing around the world for decades, but rates in the U.S. have been climbing faster than any other country. Overall, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 38% of American adults can be classified as obese. Obese 19-year-olds had an 88 per cent chance.

In this particular group, children two years of age have more than an 80% chance of being obese at 35 years of age.

The new research took data from five earlier studies about actual American children and adults' height and weight, and simulated growth trajectories in order to project where today's kids were likely to end up by the age of 35.

The study did not examine solutions.

"Plenty of cost-effective strategies have been identified that promote healthy foods, beverages, and physical activity within school and community settings", Ward said.

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