Monday, March 19, 2018
Obesity still Rampant among U.S. Kids; Worst among 2 to 5 Year-olds
3/2/2018 11:28:19 AM
Arthur J. Villasanta - Fourth Estate Contributor

Atlanta, GA, United States (4E) - The raging obesity epidemic among children in the United States hasn't abated despite massive efforts to reverse it over the past years.

A new study based on obesity rate data across the U.S. between 1999 and 2016 taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered an unbroken upward trend in obesity since 1999.

Distressingly, the study revealed significant increases in obesity among young children (2 to 5 years-old) and teen girls (16 to 19) from 2015 to 2016 compared with previous years. It also showed a big jump in obesity among the nation's youngest children.

The new study shows that the percentage of children ages 2 to 19 that are obese jumped to 18.5 percent in 2015 and 2016 from 14 percent in 1999. There was also no statistical difference in the overall obesity rate between the 2013 to 2014 and 2015 to 2016 surveys. These findings dashed hopes obesity had begun to decline in recent years.

In fact, there was a disturbingly large increase in obesity among the youngest children ages 2 to 5 years- old. In that age group, obesity increased from about nine percent to almost 14 percent.

"It is a big jump. That's the highest level of obesity that we've seen in 2- to 5-year-olds since 1999," said Asheley Skinner, first author of the study published in the journal, Pediatrics, and a health services researcher and associate professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

She said the increase more than makes up for any decrease that may have occurred in the previous .

"This study is important because it reminds us that obesity in children is not going away.

"The main take-home message for me is that, clearly, obesity remains a problem. It's not improving."

Childhood obesity rates in the country have been rising for decades, triggering alarm among public health researchers and officials. That's because obese children tend to become obese adults who will become victims of many health problems such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

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