An article on the Huffington Post states that obesity is rising in U.S. children.
Despite recent data suggesting that the rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. has started to level off, a new study out Monday (September 9th) from the American Heart Association found that the number of U.S. children who are severely obese is about five percent and rising. Severely obese children have higher rates of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular issues at younger ages, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and early signs of atherosclerosis, which clogs the arteries. The researchers said that treating children with severe obesity is challenging, since many of the treatments that are commonly used with some success in overweight and obese kids, such as lifestyle changes, are less effective in those with severe obesity.
We need to get this under control. We are glad that the First Lady, Michelle Obama, is trying to combat childhood and teenage obesity.