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Obesity in 4-year-olds, Ohio State-Temple University Stunner!
By Jennifer Cox
Apr 7, 2009
Obesity in 4-year-olds? An Ohio State-Temple University stunner claims that one in five 4-year-olds in the U.S. is obese. A report from 10 News adds that the Ohio State-Temple University study suggests obesity is also more common in Hispanic and African American youngsters. Is it really starting that early.
A release that accompanies the study adds that an estimated 18.4 percent of 4-year-olds in the United States are considered obese based on measures of their weight relative to their height, according to the study.
According to the lead author on the study, it is surprising to see differences by racial groups so early in childhood. The Associated Press also notes that the study analyzed data from the government's National Center on Educational Statistics. The study measured and weighed 8,550 preschoolers born in 2001.
The full release is here. The research is published in the April issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
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