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The Science Journal of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

Obesity has emerged as one of the most preeminent concerns of the modern era. Thirty six percent of our country’s citizens are classified as obese and six percent qualify as extremely obese. Developing obesity as an adult is fairly common, but countless studies have shown a direct correlation between childhood obesity and remaining severely overweight as an adult. Aside from the physical and aesthetic discomfort of maintaining superfluous girth, the health hazards threatening the obese population are extremely discomfiting. The enormity of the issue requires extensive study so that society can educate themselves of the dangers and how to prevent them. The purpose of this paper is to explore the ramifications of childhood obesity on adult quality of life; given the probability that overweight youth will remain that way, it is vital to determine the groups at risk for obesity and what diseases they’re likely to be at risk for. The studies discussed support the theory that obese children will usually remain that way and that they are at even higher risk for diseases like diabetes and heart disease than their obese peers who had not suffered from childhood obesity.

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