A new study from Harvard has predicted that nearly three in five children in the U.S will likely be obese by the time they are 35.
A research study used current national data and five previous studies on U.S. population body mass indexes and created a computer model. The result found that 57 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 in 2016 will be obese by 35. A study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The current Americans’ obesity rate among 35-year-olds is 35 percent to 40 percent and these predictions shows it could increase to 57 percent, according to health experts.
Lead study author Zachary Ward, an analyst at the Harvard TH Chan School of Medicine said in a statement, “It’s definitely a shocking and sobering numb.” “It seems the excess weight gained in childhood puts kids on a trajectory that persists,” he added.
He recommends that obsessed children could benefit from early solutions such as sugar-less diet, improved physical education programs in schools.
The latest finding suggests current children’s weight could affect their health in future increasing their obesity risk in adulthood.
The results also highlight importance of weight loss and how to tackle weight problems when we are young.
There are various reasons why it becomes harder to lose weight as you age like diminishing muscle mass, hormone levels. It’s not clear yet why these children will not lose their weight as they age.