Obese teens are carrying more than extra pounds — they also carry the risk of becoming obese adults.
The findings come from a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., as reported here in a Los Angeles Times story:
"The results not only confers profound health risks for teens whose excess weight follows them and accelerates into adulthood, it also spells a looming public health disaster in a country where almost one in five adolescents is obese, experts say."
How to combat the problem? Advice abounds for parents, starting when kids are born. Some medical experts say breastfeeding cuts the risk of obesity. And at the other extreme, gastric bands seem to be effective in helping severely obese teens, a study finds.