Childhood obesity growing

— The growing epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States has health experts worried about children’s well-being.

The percent of children who are considered overweight has more than tripled since the 1970s, and being overweight can lead to devastating health effects.

Kaiser Permanente physician assistant Bridget Albright said children are suffering afflictions that normally affect people when they are much older.

“We’re seeing kids with diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels - things that we didn’t usually see in people until they were in their 40s, and we’re seeing that in kids as young as 10,” she said.



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