Childhood Obesity is Everyone's Problem
June 01, 2010
The United States is experiencing an epidemic of obesity. Two thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese -- and the epidemic also affects children.
Today, one third of all children ages 2-19 are overweight or obese. Most of these children will become diabetic.
Even now, the costs of obesity are staggering -- 112,000 Americans die each year due to obesity-related diseases, and care for obesity-induced conditions costs $150 billion each year.
ABC News reports:
“The generation of children born in 2000 will likely live shorter life spans than their parents. Economic productivity of this generation will probably be less than their parents as well. Indeed, an obese adult adds $1,400 excess health care costs annually compared with his or her non-obese peers.”