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Childhood Obesity: Epidemic

4/13/2004:   A report issued by Duke University in March announced that childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 15.6% of American children between 12 and 19 were obese in 2002, a dramatic increase from 6.1% in 1974.

CWLAs National Data Analysis System (NDAS), a comprehensive collection of child welfare data, has created an issue brief on the subject of childhood obesity summarizing the major points. To get a brief statistical overview, more details on the related health risks, and recommended guidelines for nutrition and physical activities, visit http://ndas.cwla.org and click on "What's New."

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