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Preventing Childhood Obesity Health In The Balance by Jeffrey P Koplan

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Despite steady progress over most of the past century toward assuring the health of our country's children, we begin the 21st century with a startling set-back—an epidemic of childhood obesity. This epidemic is occurring in boys and girls in all 50 states, in younger children as well as adolescents, across all socioeconomic strata, and among all ethnic groups—though specific subgroups, including African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians, are disproportionately affected. At a time when we have learned that excess weight has significant and troublesome health consequences, we nevertheless see our population, in general, and our children, in particular, gaining weight to a dangerous degree and at an alarming rate.

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 No. 406
 Posted on 9 June, 2006
 
 
 
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