When It's No Longer Baby Fat

By Janet Raloff, 15:50 PM April 15, 2008

Nutritionists and epidemiologists have been documenting a disquieting trend: Increasingly, children are plump by the time they enter school—and they get fatter as they grow.

We're not talking cute baby fat here. Globally, some 22 million children under age 5 are truly overweight—many of them are to the point of being obese. In the United States, "the term pandemic is appropriate for describing the current status of childhood obesity," observed Sue. Y.S. Kimm and Eva Obarzanek in commentary th...

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