A NEW study in the US has revealed that most scientists were worried about the rate of obesity among children.
According to the study reported by Anadolu News, the obesity in children has been increasing for almost three decades now.
The report said in 2016, at least 35.1 percent of American children aged 2 to 19 were obese, a 4.7 percent increase from 2014.
It also established that 41.5 percent of the youth between the ages of 16 and 19 years were overweight in 2016.
The rate of obesity for young boys aged 2 to 5 was 14.2 percent in 2016, an 8.5 percent increase from two years prior. Obesity for teenage girls aged 16 to 19 also spiked from 35.6 percent in 2014 to 47.9 percent in 2016.
Researchers working at the Duke University and Wake Forest Universities said evidence of a turn down in obesity in preschoolers has witnessed four years ago, according to lead researcher and author Ashley Cockrell Skinner from Duke University.
“It appears any decline that may have been detected by looking at different snapshots in time or different data sets has reversed course, the long-term trend is clear that obesity in children of all ages is increasing,” he said in a statement.
In recent years, statistical evidence has shown that the surging rates of childhood obesity had calmed.
Obesity is one of the most serious health challenges facing children and is a predictor of many other health problems.