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Experts Urge Weight Loss for Youths

Sat Aug 24, 2002

By MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) - By now, it's a well-known fact: the nation's younger generation is fatter than any before it, with 14 percent classified as obese or overweight.

Dana Jenkins was part of that statistic. An athletic but chubby kid much of his life, he weighed 212 pounds — 150 percent his ideal body weight — by the time he was 15.


One More Reason to Slim Down

Thu Jul 18, 2002

By Ed Edelson
HealthScoutNews Reporter

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthScoutNews) -- Here's one more incentive for younger overweight women to slim down: A study finds obesity almost doubles their risk of colorectal cancer.

"Younger" is the key word here, because the association between obesity and cancer risk is not seen in women after menopause, says a report in the August issue of Gut.


More Than 25% U.S. Adults Obese in Their 30s

Mon Jun 17, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study provides weighty evidence that Americans are fatter than ever and suggests that the pounds are accumulating at even younger ages.

The report found that 27% of US adults aged 20 to 74 are obese by the time they reach their mid-30s, about twice the rate in the early 1960s. Overall, 61% of adults are either overweight or obese, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30.


Many Americans don't know they're fat: report

June 11, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Around one fifth of overweight Americans may not realize they need to lose weight--and neither do many of their physicians, according to new research.

A team based in Baltimore found in a survey that 21% of overweight patients believed their weight was normal, and up to one quarter of physicians did not identify their patients' weight problems.


Obesity Climbs Among Canadian Adults

Fri May 10, 2002

By Juhie Bhatia

TORONTO (Reuters Health) - Canadian adults are getting fatter, despite their increased levels of physical activity, according to statistics released on Wednesday.

The number of obese Canadians between the ages of 20 and 64 grew by 24% from 1994-1995 to 2000-2001, according to Statistics Canada's Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). These 2.8 million obese individuals make up about 15% of the adult population, u