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Research on Childhood Obesity: Building the Foundation for a Healthier Future

      Childhood obesity has risen to epidemic levels in our nation, with serious health consequences. Children with obesity face a heightened risk for many serious and chronic health conditions during their youth, including type 2 diabetes, sleep disorders, and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Type 2 diabetes, for example, was once a disease of older adults, but, fueled by obesity, now increasingly strikes teens and younger children. Even more alarmingly, this disease is more aggressive and difficult to treat in young people, putting them at risk for a lifetime of devastating complications. Obesity that begins at a young age is also likely to persist through adulthood, extending risks for health problems throughout life.
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