US Teens Tops (in Weight)

The US is No. 1 in many areas. Unfortunately, we are also No. 1 in having the greatest number of overweight teenagers. This is the conclusion of a collaborative study of almost 30,000 teenagers living in 15 countries. The data was collected and analyzed by researchers in Denmark and the US. The US turned out to have the highest prevalence of overweight teens.

Comments: This is one place where the US shouldn't be No. 1.

The 15 countries in this study were Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Flemish Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Ireland, Israel, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, and the US. Aside from the US, the other 14 countries have predominantly Caucasian populations. It would have been valuable to include countries from Latin America and Africa.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com

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