Across the country, about 17% of young people under 20 are considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here in Missouri, some analysts estimate that nearly a third of children between 10-17 are obese or overweight. And those numbers are on the rise. One report estimates that obesity rates could top 60% by 2030 if the trend continues.
So what’s contributing to this upward trend? This week on Intersection, we'll take a closer look at childhood obesity.
Steve Ball, Associate Professor, MU Dept. of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
Kayla Otteson, Dietician, Adolescent Diabetic Obesity Program, MU Children’s Hospital
Dr. Aneesh Tosh, Director, Adolescent Diabetic Obesity Program, MU Children’s Hospital
Laina Fullum, Director, Nutrition Services for Columbia Public Schools (joining by phone)