The US obesity threat
The US obesity threatWill this generation of US children be the first to live shorter lives than their parents?
On Monday, October 1, 2012 at 19:30 GMT / 3:30 PM EST:
US child obesity rates tripled in the last 30 years. States with more than 40 per cent of young adults considered overweight or obese has gone from 1 to 39 in just ten years. The American Public Health Association says obesity will account for 21 per cent of health care spending by 2018. Will this generation of Americans be the first to live shorter lives than their parents?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Susan Levin @PCRM
Registered Dietician, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Robert Pretlow @ObesityBlog
Paediatrician and Author of "Overweight: What Kids Say"
S. Jay Olshansky
Professor, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago
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