Posts Tagged ‘severe obesity’

Debunking ‘progress’ on childhood obesity

May 2nd, 2016

Much has been made recently of a purported drop in childhood obesity, particularly among children age 2 to 5. (See my Oct. 2015 blog, Did the White House Spin CDC Study to show progress in childhood obesity?) Now, a new study finds “no evidence of a decline in obesity prevalence in any age group, despite substantial clinical and policy efforts targeting the issue.” The paper by Ashley C. Skinner, Eliana M. Perrin and Joseph A. Skelton in Obesity used NHANES data from 1999-2014 and found, “A clear, statistically significant increase in all classes of obesity continued from 1999 to 2014.” They also reported that severe obesity (classII and III) showed a significant increase in adolescents and non-Hispanic black children.  They state, “By including severe obesity, our results also highlight particular areas of concern. In 2013-2014, nearly 10% of adolescents met criteria for Class II obesity, and nearly 5% also met criteria for class III obesity…The 4.5 million children and adolescents with severe obesity will require novel and intensive efforts for long-term obesity improvement. With scarce resources, and increasing costs of comorbid conditions, there is an urgent need for targeted interventions to stem the rise in severe obesity among children, in addition to policies and clinical efforts designed to prevent obesity. Policy efforts are yet to yield substantive changes in obesity prevalence but few have specifically targeted severe obesity.” Amen

Severe Obesity’s Personal, Financial Toll

May 31st, 2011

Persons with severe or morbid obesity are hardly the lazy, indifferent people as they are often portrayed. Instead, as we see from this survey by the Canadian Obesity Network, they repeatedly try to lose weight in spite of frustrating disappointments, at great personal costs to themselves. They do not live in a bubble but realize the serious effects excess weight is causing in their careers, interpersonal relationships and self-esteem. Impact of Severe Obesity Felt Far Beyond Physical – Financial Burden and Emotional Implications Also Significant | Canadian Obesity Network