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Study: Global childhood obesity prevalence rises tenfold in 4 decades

The number of obese children and teens ages 5 to 19 around the globe totaled 124 million in 2016, compared with 11 million in 1975, and the US had the highest childhood obesity rates among high-income countries, according to researchers with Imperial College London and the World Health Organization. The findings, published this week in The Lancet, also showed that 192 million were moderately or severely underweight last year, about two-thirds of whom were from South Asia.

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