Researchers at the School of Public Health (SPH) and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) found sharp increases in the proportion of overweight children 19861998.
According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, weight increased significantly and steadily among American children 412 years old, particularly African-American and Hispanic children. In addition, overweight children were heavier in 1998 than in 1986.
This study, written by Richard Strauss of UMDNJ and Harold Pollack at SPH, concludes that treatment strategies tailored to childrens cultural settings, as well as other policy interventions, are needed to increase physical activity and encourage healthy eating among children.
Some facts from the study, based on data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth:
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