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“Many people have heard that Americans are getting heavier,” said the study’s lead author Joyce Lee, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.
“Our research indicates that higher numbers of young and middle-age American adults are becoming obese at younger and younger ages,” Lee said.
For the federally funded study, researchers looked at national data of children as well as adults who were born during 1926-2005.
Revelations of the study
The study revealed that out of those born between 1966-1985, at least 20 percent people had grown obese by the age of 20-29. However their parents, born had not grown obese till the age of 30-39.
People born during 1936-1945 acquired obesity by the age of 40-49 while those born during 1926-1935 grew obese late in their 50’s.
The obesity trends were higher in women and blacks, it was revealed. Among all those born during 1976-1985, 20 percent whites and 35 percent of blacks were found to be obese.
“What is particularly worrisome is that obesity trends are worse for blacks compared to whites,” Lee said.
“Black Americans already experience a higher burden of obesity-related diseases and the obesity trends will likely magnify those racial disparities in health.”
The research was published in the International Journal of Obesity.
Obesity leading to a dark future
Reaching a higher prevalence of obesity by young Americans is sure to have an adverse effect on the nation’s future.
Rising obesity in youngsters paves way for obesity related ailments like heart diseases, type2 diabetes, high BP, and vascular disease. It also leads to a rise in the mortality rate of the nation.
Researchers suggest that BMI increases with age, leading obese children to become obese adults.
The inclination of the nation from a manufacturing base to a service base, with youngsters surfing Facebook and playing Xbox, besides watching TV is a major contributor to the rise of obesity among kids.
Schools and parents too have cut down on outdoor games or gyming and also allow the consumption fast food.