US Adults Fix Obesity at Early Age

US Adults Fix Obesity at Early Age

US Adults Fix Obesity at Early Age

The majority of children growing up in America today will be obese by age 35, a new computer analysis predicts.

Among its findings, the study said that 75% of two-year-olds with obesity will still be obese by age 35.

While a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that nearly 40% of American adults are now obese, the new research predicts that over 57% of today's children will be obese by the time they reach the age of 35.

"Adult obesity is linked with increased risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer", said Zachary Ward, lead author of the study and an analyst at Harvard Chan School's Center for Health Decision Science. "We are already approaching this level of adult obesity for certain subgroups [and] areas of the country". Some 36.5 percent of the U.S. adult population is now considered obese, a condition federal health officials define as having a body mass index of 30 or higher. Obesity among USA children has tripled since the 1970s.

The new analysis was launched as part of a larger effort called the "Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study" (CHOICES).

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A research study used current national data and five previous studies on US population body mass indexes and created a computer model.

The model indicated that being overweight or obese early in life bumped up the risk for being obese later in life.

The U.S.'s obesity problem is set to get much worse, according to new Harvard research that simulates future obesity rates for those Americans who are now children.

Non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics were more likely to be obese than whites and those disparities were already present at age 2, the researchers report online November 29 in The New England Journal of Medicine. Children with severe obesity - which affects 4.5 million children in the United States - face only a one in five chance of being normal weight adults.

Escess weight in childhood is predictive of adult obesity and only children who are at a healthy weight have a less than 50 percent chance of having obesity as adults, the researchers also found. Moreover, obesity is incredibly hard to reverse regardless of the age.

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