Obesity levels in African-American young adults and children rising in U.S.

Obesity levels in African-American young adults and children rising in U.S.Researchers have concluded that U. S. white adults have stopped getting obese but African-American young adults and children have rising obesity levels.

A simulation model based on national data from 2000-2004 and validated against 2005-2006 data was used by Anirban Basu of the University of Chicago School of Medicine and colleagues.

The researchers, project obesity rates across all age categories for the U. S. adult will remain stable for the next 10 years. However, the researchers also project young African-American adults ages 18-39, children, mainly boys ages 6-9 and African-American children age 10 and older will have rising obesity levels.

Basu said in a statement, "The unprecedented rise in obesity among U. S. adults over the past two decades appears to have stabilized and will continue to remain stable over the next 10 years. Levels of obesity, however, remain very high and we're particularly concerned with the increase in rates of overweight among 6-9 year-old children -- especially boys."

The journal Medical Decision Making has published the findings. (With Inputs from Agencies)




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