The obesity epidemic isn't confined to the United States. "It's a global issue around the world," said Dr. Robert Eckel, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and former American Heart Association president.
Its impact on children is serious, Eckel said.
"An obese child is going to become an obese adult," said Eckel. "Individuals, schools, health-care providers, churches and the government all have a role" to play in addressing this public health issue, he said.
Experts note that information presented at scientific meetings has not been scrutinized as thoroughly as studies published in medical journals.
For tips on maintaining a healthy weight, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Robert Eckel, M.D., former American Heart Association president, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver; Alice H. Lichtenstein, D.Sc., Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy, Friedman School, director and senior scientist, Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston; Nicole E. Dumas, M.D., resident, Columbia University School of Medicine, New York City
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