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Half of the children in North and South America will be overweight by 2010?

March 7th, 2006

A recent study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity examines the rise of childhood obesity in both the industrialized and developing countries of the world.

According to the report, the current rate of child obesity in North and South America is about 1 in 3, and will rise to nearly 1 in 2 by the year 2010. Rates in the EU are predicted to rise from 25% to 38%. Child obesity is rising rapidly in developing countries as well, with China projected to have a rate of 1 in 5 by the year 2010.

The dramatic increase is attributed to a combination of increasingly sedentary lifestyles, junk food, and prevalence of advertising and marketing promoting unhealthy consumption.