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7 Stats on Childhood Obesity in North America

2. It is Steadily Increasing Each Year

Time magazine notes that a study looking at childhood obesity from 1999 to 2014 showed there have been gains each year. While the least obese group grew from 14.6-percent to 17.4 percent during this time, the most at-risk group (most obese) with BMI readings of 40 or higher increased from 0.9-percent to 2.4-percent.

This trend is particularly concerning as there have been public education campaigns warning about the health risks of obesity, the article points out. While some ingredients in foods (such as trans fats) that can lead to weight gain have been regulated, “more coordination between doctors in the health care system and communities so that a child’s environment is more conducive to healthy living” is needed.

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