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Studies Find Obesity Rates Rising Among British Kids, African Urban Dwellers

December 15, 2009: 03:47 AM EST
After analyzing obesity trends in England among children and young people from 1995 to 2007, researchers predict that obesity among all boys aged two to ten would reach 10.1 percent by 2015 and, in a “worst case scenario,” could reach 13.5 percent. Obesity levels among girls could reach 8.9 percent, and perhaps 9.3 percent. The researchers noted that the poorest and less educated kids were at greater risk of obesity in the years ahead. A second study in Africa found that easy access to cheap, high fat, high sugar foods is pushing up obesity rates among poor city dwellers.
Kate Kelland, "Studies show obesity taking hold in UK", Reuters (UK), December 15, 2009, © Thomson Reuters
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