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What is the root cause of declining health status in children

Editor’s note: Perhaps evidence that obesity is negatively impacting the health status of our children in more ways than just being overweight.

According to a recent study of chronic health conditions in children including obesity, asthma and learning problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD:
  • The rate of chronic health conditions in children doubled from 12.8% in 1994 to 26.6% in 2006
  • 51.5% reported a chronic condition at some point during their 6-year study period
  • Only 7.4 % of the children who had a chronic condition at the start of the study still had that same condition at the end of it

Source: “Dynamics of Obesity and Chronic Health Conditions Among Children and Youth,” Journal of the American Medical Association, February 17, 2010, http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/303/7/623?home 

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February 18, 2010 - Posted by | Chronic conditions, diabetes, healthcare | , , ,

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