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Obesity Rising Among U.S. Preschoolers

Thursday, 30 December 2004 12:00 AM

``These statistics are not anything but alarming,'' Eckel said.

The prevalence of obesity among adults is well-known, with an increase of 75 percent since 1991. So is the problem with school-age children, reaffirmed by new statistics showing that nearly 4 million children ages 6 to 11 and 5.3 million young people ages 12 to 19 were overweight or obese in 2002.

But the findings among preschoolers are a strong indication that kids' weight problems are beginning even earlier.

``I think that what we're seeing is that obesity is increasing across the board in adults, adolescents and children,'' Dr. Christopher O'Donnell, chairman of the heart association's statistics committee and associate director of the Framingham Heart Study, which has been following the health of generations of Massachusetts residents.

Experts blame the prevalence of junk food marketed to children, too much TV, and the decline in the number of families who sit down together to eat.

Dr. Sarah Blumenschein, an assistant professor of pediatric cardiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, said doctors and parents need to watch the weight of even very young children.

``We have a lot of people that think that their kids look cute plump: `Look at her - she has all those bracelets of fat,''' she said.

Dr. William Cochran, a pediatric gastroenterologist and nutritionist for the Geisinger Clinic in Danville, Pa., said he sees many youngsters in his weight management clinic who weigh 300 to 400 pounds. He is also seeing more and more children with diabetes, high blood pressure, even liver disease.

``Some kids are drinking a liter or two liters of soda a day,'' said Cochran, a member of the task force on obesity for the American Academy of Pediatrics. ``In 10 to 30 years, the incidence of heart disease and stroke and diabetes are just going to be astronomical.''

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