Some grim statistics have been released recently regarding adolescent obesity that plagues our country. First of all, studies are now showing that fat children have a higher chance of growing up to be (drum roll) fat people. Not only that, their chances of developing early heart disease or death are also increased.
How bad is the epidemic? According to HealthDay, "In the United States, federal statistics estimate that 9 million adolescents are overweight." That's 17% of the American pie of children who are eating too much pie. What's worse, of that 17%, 80% grow up to be obese adults who eat pie way too much, too.
HealthDay further reports that obesity rates among the young have tripled since the 70's.
Healthier children of yesteryear:
Are more frequently looking like this:
I think Thomas R. Kimball, a pediatric cardiologist with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center sums it up best when he says, "Teenage and childhood weight does matter...This is not a problem of middle-aged adults. This is a problem that we have to face as a society in our children."
On behalf of the nation's innocent...parents, policymakers, pie-makers... please take heed Dr. Kimball's warning, and read at least one of the 34 recent articles culled together by Google News regarding this frightening problem.
Thomas R. Kimball's special interests include Congential Heart Disease, Echocardiography, and Cardiac Imaging. Dr. Kimball has been appointed director of Echocardiography and the director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Core Research Laboratory at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.