Study: One in Five Children will be Obese by 2020
Written by Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor
Analysis of data from 1971 to 2008 showed that the average weight of children from the ages of 2 to 19 increased 16.9%. If the trends continue we could see 21% of these children becoming obese, not just overweight.
It appeared that the rates of obesity increased 3.6% every decade and this trend line did not appear to be flattening out at any point in time, meaning the likelihood of this trend continuing into 2020 has a good probability.
How can you prevent this from happening to your children – small changes like replacing sugar-sweetened beverages and foods in your fridge with healthy, naturally pressed fruit juices and distilled water is a good start. Making sure children do not consumed foods with high fructose corn syrup or excessive amounts of sugar is another.
Dr. Maxim treats children, adults and entire families to help them achieve a healthy weight and a long-term therapeutic lifestyle. Do not hesitate to call for a 15min free consult and see if Naturopathic Medicine is a good fit for you.
Any questions or comments? Please do not hesitate to contact to Dr. Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor Now!!
Andrea Maxim, ND – Creator of the MAXIM MOVEMENT
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Wang YC, et al "Reaching the Healthy People goals for reducing childhood obesity: closing the energy gap" Am J Prev Med 2012; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.01.018.