Understanding the Science Behind Childhood Obesity

April 13, 2015 2:05 PM

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Childhood obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions. We have long known about the troubling trifecta of insufficient exercise, processed food, and marketing that targets our most vulnerable consumers and their parents. In the last few months, however, new research has become available to help us see more clearly the evidence behind this growing crisis, and the public health solutions we need to design right away.

More than one third of U.S. children and adolescents were overweight or obese in 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the past 30 years, obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. The consequences of childhood obesity, which include...

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