Obesity among US kids starts by kindergarten, says study
Published on Jan 30, 2014 3:56 PM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Obesity among US children is largely established by kindergarten, a study said Wednesday, adding that nearly half of those obese at 14 already had the problem at age five.
The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine also showed that over 14 per cent of children enter kindergarten overweight and are four times more likely than normal weight children to become obese by the eighth grade.
"Although trends in the prevalence of obesity are well documented, there is surprisingly little known about new cases of childhood obesity," wrote lead researcher Solveig Cunningham, assistant professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Georgia.
The researchers used data from children who took part in a study of kindergartens in 1998 and 1999.
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