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Nearly one out of every four 8th, 10th and 12th graders in Washington [state] are overweight or obese, according to a new University of Washington report that shows that the state continues to reflect an alarming trend of American kids getting fatter younger.
The report, released today, also shows that many of children's weight challenges begin at birth.
Infants born today are chubbier than those born 20 years ago, according to the report by the UW's Human Services Policy Center.
And nearly half of Washington mothers who gave birth in 2003 were overweight or obese before the pregnancy, which increases the baby's odds of becoming obese or diabetic.
In addition to being bad for people's health, obesity exacts a huge public-health price.
In Washington [state], four obesity-related chronic illnesses — cancer, heart disease, diabetes and lower respiratory disease — account for more than half of all adults deaths.
Public money pays for nearly half of the estimated $1.3 billion in obesity-related medical expenses in Washington.
People's own decisions is a major factor.
But another root cause is that American society has "made it easier to make unhealthy choices," says Lorna Stone, a vice president of the Washington Health Foundation, a Seattle nonprofit.
For instance, poorer people and minorities are more likely to be overweight or obese.
They also are more likely, Stone said, to live in neighborhoods without safe areas for walking or running.
They often lack grocery stores nearby, and the ones they have may carry limited choices of fresh and healthy foods at affordable prices.
Originally posted by Essedarius
I find it a little odd though...isn't Seattle the two time reigning champ of the "Fittest City in America?"
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
Seventy percent of all Americans have been classified as being overweight. It stems from several different things.