Weight Watchers: Obese Children Run Health Risks

THE REASON CHILDREN'S WEIGHT is on the government's radar is that the nation's obesity rates have tripled over the past three decades to the point that one in three children is overweight or obese. Obesity medical costs including in-patient care and prescription drug spending are estimated at $147 billion. The reason for this is that obese children can develop serious health problems. According to

THE REASON CHILDREN'S WEIGHT is on the government's radar is that the nation's obesity rates have tripled over the past three decades to the point that one in three children is overweight or obese.

Obesity medical costs — including in-patient care and prescription drug spending — are estimated at $147 billion.

The reason for this is that obese children can develop serious health problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, overweight children are at higher risk of developing:

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