The American Journal of Public Health reported in an online report on Aug. 15 that 18% of deaths among Americans ages 40-85 is due to obesity. Original estimates had the rate at 5%. The low number apparently overlooked generational differences in the way it affected Americans, according to study author Ryan Masters.
“A 5-year-old growing up today is living in an environment where obesity is much more the norm than was the case for a 5-year-old a generation or two ago. Drink sizes are bigger, clothes are bigger and greater numbers of a child’s peers are obese,” study co-author Bruce Link, a professor of epidemiology and sociomedical sciences at Columbia, said in a statement.
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