Started a new semester at Tulane last week. My most interesting class (to me) this semester is on childhood obesity.
There is a lot of concern about childhood obesity these days! Depending on whose statistics you read/believe, 18% of the children in the US are obese. This is a concern because obesity is a risk factor for a cascade of medical problems including type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, metabolic disorders, cardiovascular diseases, orthopedic injuries and sleep apnea.
There are those who believe that obese children turn into obese adults. They site a variety of statistics to fortify this claim. One researcher even declared that due to obesity the current generation of children will be the first to die sooner than their parents. Very scary stuff!