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A Child's Heavy Burden

Childhood is hard enough. Add obesity, and it can be traumatic. And the effects can last a lifetime: A new study reiterates that many obese adults were obese kids.

March 12, 1997|JEANNINE STEIN | TIMES STAFF WRITER

"Having always struggled with weight issues as a kid, I personally feel for what these people are going through. . . . The isolation issue begins at home. If the parents see their child as the problem, then it affects their self-esteem and self-worth and usually leads to sneaky, destructive eating. We need to look at the whole family, and that way the child doesn't take on this huge responsibility and blame," she says.

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The Percentages

Percentage of children (6-11 years) and adolescents (12-17) who are overweight, 1988-'94:

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Male Children Adolescents White 13.2 11.6 Black 14.7 12.5 Mexican American 15.8 15.0

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Female Children Adolescents White 11.9 9.6 Black 17.9 16.3 Mexican American 15.8 14.0 Total* 13.7 11.5

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From Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

*Total estimates include racial / ethnic groups not shown.

Percentage of children (6-11 years) and adolescents (12-17) who are overweight, 1988-'94:

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