Obesity Rates among Kids have Peaked in Rich Nations

Based on a report in The Asian Age, according to research, while the obesity rate among kids in wealthy nations may have peaked, kids in growing countries are increasingly putting on unhealthy pounds.

The researchers in the UK and at the World Health Organization ran a study of data from more than 2,400 studies that tracked the height and weight of about 32 million children from 5 to 19 years old. Among developed countries, researchers estimated that obesity rates among children and youngsters had recently plateaued at about 10 percent in the UK and nearly 20 percent in the United States.

At the other end of the spectrum, the nations with the most underweight children were India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

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