The growing epidemic of childhood obesity in America also presents challenges to the country’s medical and social leadership. They recognize the toll it takes in lives and resources — and in few places more than in eastern North Carolina.
Experts at East Carolina University and others throughout the South who work on the frontier of obesity research and clinical care presented evidence last Friday that they are facing the challenges head on. They presented some of their findings and talked about programs tailored to confront the epidemic at the eighth annual Pediatric Healthy Weight Summit at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.
Dr. David Collier, director of ECU’s Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center, presented statistics underscoring the severity of the problem in eastern North Carolina. He said about one in three children in the region are obese, and in some areas the number is more than 40 percent. That compares to 18 percent of adolescents nationwide who are obese.
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