A new report suggests that childhood obesity is on the rise in the US, with the number of children with “severe forms of obesity” increasing. The report, published in JAMA Pediatrics, is based on the 14 years of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of about 27,000 children aging 2-19.
According to the researchers of the study, children in the most severely obese group—those whose body mass index is 120-140-percent higher than kids of average healthy weight—need medical treatment.
“There are a lot of programs that are family based, lifestyle programs for families that need to learn a lot,” said Dr. Asheley Cockrell Skinner, the lead author of the research and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
The results of the study contradict an earlier research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in February, which found out that obesity rates declined by as much as 43 percent in children aged 2 to 5.
Skinner and her fellow researchers said the discrepancy between the two studies lies to the number of years accounted for in each report.