From the Greensboro News & Record:
This might be the first generation of American children to be less healthy than their parents. . . . .
The numbers are staggering, the rate of change stunning:
- More than a third of North Carolina’s children are overweight or obese.
- In Guilford County, 44 percent of elementary students are overweight , according to a group working to combat obesity.
- The average 10-year-old in the United States weighs 10 pounds more than the average child in the 1960s , according to the Centers for Disease Control. And that translates into adult obesity: The average adult now weighs roughly 25 pounds more than his or her 1960s counterpart.
Over the past two decades, the obesity rate for children has doubled, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. For adolescents, the picture is worse: More than three times as many are now obese.
The article has lots more information and some more facts/figures as well as some links to helpful sites.