Previously, only those with a BMI of 30 and higher were included. Childhood obesity is a leading predictor of obesity later in life. Children are "gaining not insignificant amounts of weight," said Dr. Why experts say that's reassuring, not frightening. That contributes to higher obesity rates in Black and Hispanic populations, which include more people at lower income levels. Those who study food insecurity, mental health and fitness said trends already heading in the wrong direction are especially alarming now.
The Urgency in Fighting Childhood Obesity
More U.S. Teens Are Trying to Lose Weight Than in Past Years | Time
G lobal rates of childhood obesity have jumped dramatically in the past four decades, according to new research in the Lancet. The number of children ages who are obese has increased ten-fold from to , and rates are highest in Polynesia and Micronesia. Rates in high-income nations like the rest of Europe and the U. The rates are lowest in Eastern Europe. The latest trends emerge from more than 2, studies that documented the height and weight of nearly million children from to The scientists, led by Majid Ezzati, professor of global environmental health at Imperial College London, used that information to calculate body mass index BMI. Overall, the number of children and adolescents with obesity —defined by a measurement of age-calculated BMI by the World Health Organization—increased from to from five million to 50 million among girls, and from six million to 74 million among boys.
Child and teen obesity spreading across the globe
Childhood obesity is a big public health challenge, and has been for some time. Almost 20 percent of American children are obese, as well as about 40 percent of adults. About six years ago, some reports seemed to show that rates had stabilized in children and even decreased in those ages 2 to 5. Later studies showed this trend to be an illusion.
Half of all young people treated for severe obesity have neuropsychiatric problems, according to a new study by researchers from Lund University and Gothenburg, Sweden, among others. Two thirds of the teens suffered from some type of mental health problem, as reported by themselves or their parents. Both obesity and mental illness have increased among young people during the s. Half of the participants received medical treatment for obesity, while the other half underwent surgery. The teenagers' parents completed questionnaires to measure their children's symptoms of ADHD and autism.