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National obesity rate is holding steady, but more boys are obese

What happened to the days when kids were outside playing instead of planted in front of the tv?

CHICAGO -- While new numbers show the nation's obesity rate has held steady, the number of extremely obese boys between the ages of 6 and 19 has steadily increased.

A new study says the figure has jumped from nine percent in in 1999-2000 to 15 percent in a study of 2007-2008.

The study didn't examine the causes, but a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blames the usual culprits -- soft drinks, video games and inactivity.

Overall, the study shows 17 percent of children are obese.

The information comes from CDC surveys of height and weight measurements of 5,700 adults and 4,000 children. The reports are published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Asked by Mrs.Owen86 at 3:58 PM on Jan. 13, 2010 in Health

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  • Well, if it is unsafe for them to play alone it is a parents job to go out and watch so they can play, not sit on their butts and let others do it for them. They are our responsibility. We are old school, we go out and play more than anything else. It is in the 20's here and we still jump on the trampoline etc. Fresh air and exercise are so important for a healthy lifestyle.


    Answer by salexander at 10:42 AM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • Mrs.Owen86

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 3:58 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • Kids can't play outside unsupervised anymore for fear of kidnapping or worse. Parents don't take the time to go outside with them. I know I don't. Luckly, my husband goes outside with them. Plus, schools cancel recess for the stupidest reasons -- too cold, too hot, too windy. bleh.

    Answer by Pnukey at 4:55 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • Half of our children are overweight and under nourished. One third of our children will develop type 2 diabetes. Kids eat too much junk not enough whole grains and produce. It is so very sad

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:53 PM on Jan. 13, 2010