The Associated Press reported on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 that Childhood Obesity is actually leveling off after a 25-year gain – good news for kids but experts wonder if it’s just a ‘statistical fluke.’
Such were the concerns raised by Dr. David Ludwig, director of an obesity clinic at Children’s Hospital Boston about the report. “Unless there is a substantial decline in such statistics, the “full impact of the childhood epidemic will continue to mount.” It can take many years for obesity-related complications to translate into life-threatening events, including heart attacks and kidney failure.
In 2003-04 and 2005-06, roughly 32 percent of children were overweight but not obese, 16 percent were obese and 11 percent were extremely obese, according to a study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those levels held steady after rising without interruption since 1980, according to the AP article.