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1 in 5 Preschoolers Obese

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

A new study shows that the obesity rate in children continues to increase; almost one in five American 4-year-olds is obese.

The study, conducted by researchers at Ohio State University and Temple University, also shows that the obesity rate is alarmingly higher among American Indian children, with nearly a third of them obese.

Overall, more than half a million 4-year-olds are obese. Obesity is more common in Hispanic and black children too, but the disparity is most startling in American Indians, whose rate is almost double that of whites.

The lead author said that rate is worrisome among children so young, even in a population at higher risk for obesity because of other health problems and economic disadvantages.

“The magnitude of these differences was larger than we expected, as it was surprising to see differences by racial groups present so early in childhood,” said Sarah Anderson an Ohio State University public health researcher.

Dr. Glen Flores, a pediatrics and public health professor at the University of Texas Southwester Medical Center in Dallas who was not involved in the study, said the research is an important contribution to studies documenting racial and ethnic disparities in children’s weight.

“The cumulative evidence is alarming because within just a few decades, America will become a ‘minority majority’ nation,” he said. With interventions, the next generation “will be at very high risk” for heart disease, high blood pressure, cancers, joint diseases and other problems connected with obesity,” said Flores.

More Information: Dr. Sue’s Daily Dose: Don’t Let Your Child Become an Obesity Statistic

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