Kids with ‘adult’ problems

Nationwide survey shows that children are headed toward serious health problems related to excess weight

By Stephen Ornes, 13:15 PM July 2, 2012

When adults say kids “grow up too soon,” they’re usually not talking about health problems. But two new studies reveal that kids are dealing with more than just the normal bumps and bruises of childhood. The studies show that young Americans increasingly have to deal with adult ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

In February, U.S. government researchers reported that about 1 in every 6 Americans age 12 to 19 is so overweight that they’re at high risk of devel...

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