Many health care experts consider overweight and obesity in children, especially in the United States, to have reached epidemic proportions. The long-term health consequences for these children, they fear, are increased risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and premature mortality. Some argue members of this generation, at least in the United States, will be the first to be less healthy and have a shorter life span than their parents.
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While recommendations suggest teaching children about eating a healthy diet will help them avoid obesity, rigorous research has yet to confirm such education is effective.
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