Childhood obesity rates appear to have doubled since 1999.

Childhood obesity rates appear to have doubled since 1999

According to a recent post from the American Medical Association, childhood obesity is on the rise.

USA Today (4/8, Painter) reports that a study published April 7 in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that “reports of significant progress against child obesity in the United States have been premature.”

The CNN (4/8, Wilson) “The Chart” blog reports that “severe childhood obesity rates have more than doubled since 1999,” the study revealed. After examining data on some “26,000 children age two to 19 in the United States who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,” researchers “found that rates of overweight and obese children have been trending upward since 1999.”

On its website, CBS News (4/8, Firger) reports, “Most alarming, the study finds an increase in the number of children with severe forms of obesity, whose body mass index measured 120- to 140-percent higher than children of average healthy weight.”

AFP (4/8, Sheridan) reports that this “study was based on the same data set as that released in late February, in which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hailed a 43 percent drop in obesity among the country’s preschoolers in the past decade.” But, “the new study spanned a longer period of time, a wider age range and used 1999 as its starting point, rather than 2003 when an unusual spike in obesity was observed for reasons that are unclear…said” study co-author Joseph Skelton. HealthDay (4/8, Reinberg) and Reuters (4/8, Seaman) also cover the story.

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