Childhood obesity problem expanding to global proportions

05/13/2004 | MSNBC

Obesity problem in children is becoming a worldwide condition, with as many as 10% of children, or 155 million youths worldwide, meeting standards of being overweight or obese, say health officials. The problem is most severe in the U.S., where about 10% of children are obese and 30% more are overweight, but the figures are increasing in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia/Pacific, according to a report from the London-based Obesity Task Force, and the authors call for "urgent action."

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