January 3, 2007

Childhood Obesity: A Plague of Baby Fat and Kidney Stones

A third of America’s three-year-olds are overweight, largely among low-income families without easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables, the Boston Globe reports. But the problem is deepened by sedentary lifestyles, and poor examples offered by obese adults.

Doctors say the fast-food habit may also be causing a surge in childhood kidney stones. The painful condition, usually only found in adults, is often caused by an excess of salt and lack of water, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Sources:

“Obesity battle starts young for urban poor”
Boston Globe, December 29, 2006

“For children, a painful trend”
Batimore Sun, December 29, 2006

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