Recent analysis, conducted on February 26, 2018, shows that childhood obesity still continues to increase.
According to the analysis, the upward trend of childhood obesity continues in 2016. In 2016, 35.1 percent of children in the U.S. were overweight, which shows an increase of 4.7 percent when compared to 2014.
Asheley Cockrell Skinner, Ph.D., lead author and associate professor said, “It appears any decline that may have been detected by looking at different snapshots in time or different data sets has reversed course. The long-term trend is clearly that obesity in children of all ages is increasing.”
The analysis was conducted based on the body-mass index data of 3,340 children who had participated in the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES). They also observed data of 33,543 children collected back in 1999. Between 2014 and 2016, rate of obesity has increased from 35.6 percent to 47.9 percent. Among the 16 – 19 year old girls and boys, Class III obesity was observed in 4.5 percent of the children. Class II and Class III are found to increase the risk of heart and health problems.
Higher rate of overweight was observed in the African-American and Hispanic children compared to the Asian-American children. Scientists are bringing in strategies to reduce obesity in children through projects such as Duke Health and DCRI. To study the relation between weight and gut microbiome, they are studying about children’s gut bacteria.
This study, by giving scope for developing new weight loss methods, is expected to increase the growth of weight loss and weight management market, as detailed in the weight loss and weight management market report published by Coherent Market Insights.