Our increasingly not-so-little kids

A large share of U.S. kids — especially the heftiest — are on their way to life-threatening chronic disease

By Janet Raloff, 16:06 PM May 21, 2012

Little kids are meant to get big. Just not too quickly. When overfeeding spurs the girth of young children, youngsters find themselves propelled down the road towards diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds. In just the past decade, for instance, the share of kids with diabetes or pre-diabetes skyrocketed from 9 percent to a whopping 23 percent.

And significant damage may be occurring before family physicians — and parents — realize what’s happening.

Earlier this year, researchers wit...

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