According to a new projection,more than half of the children in the United States today are expected to be obese by the age of 35, a report has stated.
The projection was made through computer modelling by using the current national data of the number of children in American and the obesity rate among them. The computing estimated that nearly 57 percent of the children between age 2 and 19 in 2016 will turn obese by the time they are 35 years old.
The study, led by researcher Zachary Ward of the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, stated that the current rate of obesity among 35-year-olds is 35 percent to 40 percent, according to Reuters Health.
“It seems the excess weight gained in childhood puts kids on a trajectory that persists,” Ward said, recommending that “children with obesity now could benefit from early intervention” like adapting a better diet with fewer sugar-laden snacks and improved physical education programs in schools across America.
The study also noted that non-Hispanics blacks and Hispanics were more likely to be bees than white and those disparities were already present at age 2, according to reports. The projections come at a time when the obesity rate in the US have stabilised a little, particularly among children between the age of 6 and 11, the rate has even decline among the children between ages 2 and 5.
The researchers however stated that the obesity rate among older Americans have continued to rise.
“In some ways, this is a surprising finding just because of the sheer magnitude of the problem,” Ward said. “In other ways, it’s not surprising when you look at how trends in weight gain and obesity have been going over the past 40 years. In some parts of the country, we’re already approaching that level of obesity. But this could be a new normal, the way some trends are going.”
The findings of the study were published in The New England Journal of Medicine on November 29.