21 Dec '11, 4pm

The Big Apple takes a bite out of childhood obesity

Obesity is, of course, not so much an ill in itself as a cause of major health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even some kinds of cancers -- diseases from which kids are by no means immune. And it's also worth remembering that obesity is not the same as being overweight. Obesity starts with a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher. As an example, a child who's four feet tall isn't considered obese unless he or she weighs 100 pounds. That's a lot of extra weight.

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