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Childhood Obesity on the Rise

New data predicts a majority of American kids will be obest by the time they are 35 years old.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017 6:13 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 6:13 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- New data predicts a majority of American kids will be obese by the time they are 35 years old.

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The new computer analysis was published as part of a larger effort called the "Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study." It involved about 42,000 children and adults.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says roughly 20 percent of American children 6 to 19 years old are already obese.

There are ways to reverse the trend:
-Teach children to read food labels,
-Show them how to cook,
-Take them to a local farmers market so they can see how and where various foods are grown,
-Let them choose the healthy snack,
-Be the example -- kids copy parents' examples. So if you choose healthy snacks and exercise regularly, kids are more likely to as well.

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