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By 2010, 46% of children in North and South America projected to be overweight, 15% obese
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"The numbers of overweight and obese children worldwide are expected to climb dramatically by 2010 according to a study by Youfa Wang, PhD, MD, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Tim Lobstein, PhD, child and adolescent health research coordinator for the International Task Force on Obesity. By the end of the decade, 46 percent of children in North and South America are projected to be overweight and 15 percent will be obese. In developing countries with strong economic growth, such as Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Egypt, overweight and obesity levels will approach those of more industrialized countries." 25 Years of Studies Analyzed
Data from studies over last 25 years
The study made projections based on studies published between 1980 and 2005, including children from 60 countries.
HIghly Developed Nations Fattest
Highly developed nations had the most overweight and obese children
“The study also found a close correlation between the percentage of overweight and obese children and economic development. Highly industrialized nations had the highest percentages of overweight and obese children, mostly among their poorest citizens. Countries like Russia and Poland, which went through economic downturns in the early 1990s, saw reductions in their percentages of overweight and obese children.”
Wang Y, Lobstein T. Worldwide trends in childhood overweight and obesity. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2006, 1(1):11-25.
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Center for Human Nutrition
Department of International Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
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