It's scary. A whopping 57% of the nation’s children and teens will be obese by age 35 if current trends continue, according to a sobering new study out Wednesday.
The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, goes beyond previous studies suggesting unhealthy childhood weights often lead to adult obesity. It suggests that while heavy children face the highest risk, even those who make it to age 20 in good shape face substantial peril in a world where obesity could soon be the new normal.
“This study is the first to make precise predictions for today’s generation of children,” and the news is not good, said lead author Zachary Ward, a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings, he said, show the need for stepped-up prevention efforts from infancy through young adulthood.
The current adult obesity rate, just updated by U.S. government researchers, stands at a record 39.8%. The rate in children and teens is 18.5%. Adult obesity is linked with health problems including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
What can you do? Model good behavior for your kids and their friends. Whether you believe it or not, even if they don't act like it, your kids pay attention to what you do. Upgrade your diet, move a little, quit smoking, drink more water. It doesn't have to be heroic, just be aware that you have an audience.
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