A New York Time's article proclaimed that "for the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents."
The article's author, Pam Belluck, quoted reports contending that "the rapid rise in childhood obesity, if left unchecked, could shorten life spans by as much as five years." She explained that according to The New England Journal of Medicine, “the prevalence and severity of obesity is so great, especially in children, that the associated diseases and complications -- Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, cancer -- are likely to strike people at younger and younger ages.”
Source: "Children’s Life Expectancy Being Cut Short by Obesity," by Pam Belluck, The New York Times, March 17, 2005.
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