Obese Kids Increasingly Have Adult Diseases

Monday, February 24, 2014

With childhood obesity on the rise, more and more kids are at high risk for obesity-related conditions like cirrhosis, diabetes, and heart disease. Time magazine’s Alice Park explained how obese kids are becoming biological adults long before their normal weight peers. "If you take some of the tissues from these overweight kids and compare them to their parents’…and even their grandparents’, they might be pretty indistinguishable. If you did not have that age, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell who they belonged to."

As doctors try to reach families before kids develop these health problems, Park says, "What we’re really beginning to understand here is that a lot of this really takes a community. You know, it takes not just a family trying to eat right, but it takes a food industry providing good options."

Park's article, “Young Kids, Old Bodies,” appears in the March 3 issue of Time.

Comments [7]

tom LI

Is there anything the Boomer Generation didn't screw-up?

Feb. 24 2014 07:48 PM
oscar from ny

Oh they terrorise these kids smh..

Feb. 24 2014 01:13 PM
Adele Falco

Is it just me or has LL had an odd tone of humor in his questions all day today...even with the guy from Bosnia? Very weird. Something funny going on over there today?

Feb. 24 2014 01:13 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Dr. Atkins is my "doctor" and my house is sugar-free and carbohydrate free. No fat on me!

Feb. 24 2014 01:13 PM

Has there ever been a real study of why Americans are getting better?
Solutions to our problems always seem to include popping pills without looking at the real causes.

Feb. 24 2014 12:55 PM

Wish you didn't include the child's face for the topic photo.

Feb. 24 2014 11:56 AM

We warn our kids about dangerous drugs, but somehow refined sugar is not on the list.

Feb. 24 2014 11:54 AM

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