Child obesity worse than thought, study suggests
By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY
Childhood obesity in the USA looks significantly worse than previously believed, suggests the largest assessment ever of public school students.
The report, released Thursday, indicates 40% of students in Arkansas are overweight or at risk of becoming so. Currently, the U.S. government estimates that 30% of the nation's kids are overweight or on their way to being too heavy.
Arkansas is one of the nation's poorest states, and low-income adults are known to have high obesity levels. But researchers say the study's numbers show problems across income levels.
"As more data comes in, I think it's going to be this bad everywhere. I don't think it's isolated to Arkansas," says Carden Johnston, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.