Wednesday, September 5, 2007

U.S. Military Children Obesity Stats Double

The percentage of children with weight problems at Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe has doubled in the past four years, according to a government survey.

The survey, conducted by the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine-Europe in each of the last four school years, shows nearly one in three of more than 6,000 children tested at DODDS-Europe schools last year was overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, CHPPM epidemiologist Andrea Snyder said Thursday.

“Over the last four years, there has been a steady increase (in the proportion of overweight children). It started at 15 percent and it has gone up to 30 percent,” she said.

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