It’s been a big week for obesity researchers et al.
This week we learned that America blows $147 billion a year on medical treatments related to obesity.
And we also learned that the CDC has developed America’s Official Obesity Solution.
Maybe I shouldn’t have said fatties.
(please don’t sue me…please don’t sue me…please don’t sue me…please don’t sue me…)
But before I go and start my long weekend of sun & fun, I have one more uplifting piece of obesity research for you.
Rates Of Severe Childhood Obesity Have Tripled
ScienceDaily (July 30, 2009) — Rates of severe childhood obesity have tripled in the last 25 years, putting many children at risk for diabetes and heart disease, according to a report in Academic Pediatrics.
“Children are not only becoming obese, but becoming severely obese, which impacts their overall health,” said Joseph Skelton, M.D., lead author and director of the Brenner FIT (Families in Training) Program. “These findings reinforce the fact that medically-based programs to treat obesity are needed throughout the United States and insurance companies should be encouraged to cover this care.”
ed. Aaaarrggghhh! Insurance companies
If you want the rest of the Science Daily article, click here
But, if you, like me, are sick of this endless week of depressing obesity news… here are the highlights:
- There are 2.7 million severely obese children in America
- 1/3 of those kids have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or high insulin levels.
- These risk factors make it likely that they will soon be dealing with diabetes, heart attack and/or stroke.