Childhood Obesity Covers the World in Less Than One Generation
Children used to be slim, trim and athletic. It wasn’t until middle-age that the weight begin to creep up on us. In one generation, 40 years, that has changed. Childhood obesity has covered the world and is become a worldwide epidemic in less than one generation.
The average child is carrying around 11 more pounds than his or her parents were at the same age. Thanks in part to the availability or low cost of high-fat fast food meals and the advent of video games that keep children glued to their seats for hours on end. More caloric intake and less movement has resulted in larger kids.
America is leading the way in the war against childhood obesity and is making some progress. American children are not as overweight at they were 10 years ago, but they are still larger than their contemporaries in other countries.
Childhood obesity leads to overweight adults and that often opens the door for a variety of weight-related health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.