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June 2006

Obesity Among Latino Preschoolers: Do Children Outgrow the “Epidemiologic Paradox”?

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(6):656-657. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.6.656

In recent decades, there has been an explosive increase in the number of overweight and obese adults and children in the United States and many other countries.1 According to 1999-2002 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 15% of all children and adolescents in the United States were overweight, a 100% increase during a 20-year period.2 Although we have become more sophisticated about recognizing obesity as a clinical and public health problem, we are surprisingly short on solutions or effective interventions.

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