Obesity in Childhood

Lorber, John
June 1967
Clinical Pediatrics;Jun1967, Vol. 6 Issue 6, p325
Academic Journal
This article discusses obesity in childhood, which is the most frequent and increasingly common form of nutritional disorder in economically advanced countries and is accordingly attracting more and more attention. It has been estimated that the incidence of obesity among American 15-year-old children is about 10 percent of those whose parents are not obese, and that this figure jumps to 80 percent when both parents have this configuration. Thus, although it is obvious that obesity tends to run in families, it is less obvious whether constitutional tendency or environmental factors are the principal etiologic agents.


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