More alarm bells about childhood obesity

A San Jose Mercury News article details the problem of growing obesity and some of the attitudes that have helped create the problem:
America's children are getting fat - so fat that they may grow up to be the unhealthiest generation in decades.

The alarm over childhood obesity rang in 2002. New data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that 15.5 percent of children were seriously overweight and 15 percent more were at risk of becoming so.

That was triple the rate of 20 years earlier.
But the situation for adults is, if anything, worse:
Looking ahead, officials forecast a huge medical bill for the United States, as this generation joins an adult population that is increasingly overweight. The 2002 health survey found 64 percent of adults overweight or obese in 2000, compared with 56 percent six years earlier.

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