More than half USA toddlers face obesity

Most American Kids Today Will Be Obese by Age 35

To put that in perspective, the current rate of obesity among 35-year-olds is 35 percent to 40 percent, lead study author Zachary Ward of the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.

Response: Although the current obesity epidemic in the U.S. has been well documented in children and adults, less is known about the long-term risks of adult obesity for children given their current age and weight.

For those children who are already severely obese-that is, with a BMI of 35 or more-the chances that they will cease to be obese by their 35th birthday drop with age. The results appear in the New England Journal of Medicine.

When researchers projected the impact of obesity on the American society, the computer revealed that 57% of today's children would live with obesity in their mid-30s.

"Of the children predicted to have obesity as adults, half will develop it as children".

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

According to CDC statistics, one in five American kids aged 6 to 19 is diagnosed with obesity every year. "But if you look at trends in weight gain over the past 40 years, it's not too surprising we're heading in this direction".

The percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. In some parts of the country, we're already approaching that level of obesity.

A study published online in the New England Journal of Medicine used data from five previous studies on USA population body mass indexes to create a computer model projection of what today's obese children will look like in adulthood. "But this could be a new normal, the way some trends are going". The likelihood is even higher for children with severe obesity, a condition that now affects 4.5 million children, the university said in a statement.

When extrapolated to reflect American society as a whole, the simulation concluded that more than 57 percent of American children today - almost 6 of every 10 - would end up obese by their mid-30s.

"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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