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"

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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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