Published Online: September 13, 2011
Published in Print: September 14, 2011, as Child Obesity

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Child Obesity

"Untangling the Causes of Increasing Obesity in Youth"

Although the effects of childhood obesity are well understood, its cause is less clear. Now, researchers at the nonprofit RAND Corp. say they may have fingered a culprit.

Researchers from the Santa Monica, Calif.-based think tank say that “calories in,” or the growing consumption of less-healthy foods seems to be a bigger contributing factor to childhood obesity than “calories out,” or the growth of a more sedentary lifestyle.

Their conclusions are published in the corporation's August Child Policy newsletter.

Vol. 31, Issue 03, Page 5

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