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Obesity in Children: Hospitalizations from 2000 to 2009
by Lauren M. Wier, M.P.H. and William Encinosa, Ph.D.
Child obesity is an increasing concern in the United States. A high caloric diet and not enough physical activity are the underlying causes of childhood obesity. Overweight children have a higher risk of developing high cholesterol, hypertension, respiratory ailments, orthopedic problems, depression, and type II diabetes. Health care spending related to obesity is reaching $150 billion dollars annually, with nearly one-third of American children being classified as obese or overweight.
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