Childhood obesity at peak in US, Canada
A new study has revealed that childhood obesity is at record levels in the United States and Canada.
Washington DC: A new study has revealed that childhood obesity is at record levels in the United States and Canada.
The study also found that childhood obesity rates are higher in the US than in Canada, Global News reported.
In the study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used information from the 1970s and the early 2000s.
They found that the commonness of the condition in the United States had outpaced Canada.
However, comparing the most current data to numbers from the early-to-mid 2000s showed only a slight increase in childhood obesity rates in both countries.
The study stated that obese children could experience immediate health consequences such as psycho-social stress, elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, and abnormal glucose tolerance.
In the last few decades, the report indicated that the prevalence of adult obesity had increased in both countries.
The results stated that obesity rates for children aged three to six was the same in both countries.
Rates of obesity were lower for girls in Canada than in the US in children aged seven to 19 years,The Public Health Agency of Canada stated that the country was facing an obesity epidemic with one in four children and youth considered overweight or obese.