Communities take steps to fight childhood obesity

Jan. 9, 2013, Chicago Tribune

By Kay Manning

A 2005 study led by a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago came to a startling conclusion about the effects of childhood obesity: This generation of American children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

With 12.5 million U.S. children and adolescents considered obese, the average life span of all children could be lowered by up to five years, the study said. The fact that another 10.5 million children are considered overweight wasn’t factored into the study. Continue reading