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Childhood Obesity Numbers Show Some Minor Improvements With One Dark Spot
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Childhood Obesity Numbers Show Some Minor Improvements With One Dark Spot

The numbers for childhood obesity hold both good and bad news according to a new study which is being published in the journal, Pediatrics. That study reveals that while there are some bright spots in the childhood obesity rates, the numbers for lower income children may not be quite as positive. One in six children in the United States are obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while one in three are overweight. Not only does their excess weight increase their risks for a number of health related conditions, including diabetes which was once a disease reserved for middle aged people, but also increases the risk that they will become the target for bullies at school.

The numbers are evening out in some groups, including for the very young and for girls while the numbers are only increasing slightly for others. But childhood obesity numbers are not improving for children from lower income families. Researchers looked at data from 37,000 children in the Boston, Massachusetts area, all utilizing fourteen health care centers in the city. Among the other information that the researchers looked at in that study was the kind of insurance that the families utilized. To make comparison easier, researchers divided insurance into two groups: Medicaid (or other state sponsored health care) and non-Medicaid health insurance.

Researchers found the children in the non-Medicaid insurance groups had a decrease in obesity rates while the children in the lower income group did not. While some critics of the study said that it was too small - experts are convinced that results would be similar in any other location across the nation.

Risk factors for childhood obesity are widespread according to the experts with some risks higher in lower income families. Women who are obese themselves as well as mothers who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy are more likely to have an obese child. According to research by the Harvard School of Medicine, some minority groups are at a higher risk of childhood obesity than others. Hispanic and African American children and teens are much more likely to be overweight or obese than Asian or Caucasian peers. That research showed that those kids were more likely to have weight issues by the time they were four years old and that many were already showing signs of developing or already suffering from a number of weight related health conditions, including diabetes and heart conditions.


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The numbers for the poor are due in part to eating food from food shelves. They are very very high in sugar and carbs. Good article Amie.

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