Study uncovers high price of childhood obesity

Children across the country are experiencing higher rates of obesity. This is having a damaging effect on their heart health and increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

A new review of previous studies, which was published in the journal Childhood Obesity, has found that the toll of obesity during childhood is greater than previously thought. In fact, significantly overweight children are substantially more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease or metabolic disorder as adults.

Researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health pointed out that previous studies have shown that obese children are likely to carry their extra weight into adulthood. However, there had been little research to show the damaging effects of this. After reviewing earlier data, they found the impact of childhood obesity to be great.

Megan Moriarty-Kelsey, who led the study, said that the findings underscore the importance of preventative measures to help lower the occurrence of childhood obesity. This could significantly reduce the rate of chronic disease like type 2 diabetes and help limit spiraling healthcare costs.

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