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DOES AMERICA HAVE A CHILDHOOD OBESITY EPIDEMIC?

Wearable technology giant Fitbit announced today that it is producing a product for children as young as eight years old to help fight America’s childhood obesity epidemic.

The CDC has said that childhood obesity affects upwards of 12 million children.

Populations of Hispanic and black children have higher obesity rates than do those of white children.

Wearable technology company Fitbit announced today it is releasing a fitness tracker for children as young as eight years old with the hopes of improving childhood obesity rates in the US (file photo)

Additionally, children from families with lower incomes have higher chances of suffering from obesity, largely because nutritious foods are more expensive than foods without much nutritional value.

A shocking 36.5 percent of Americans struggle with obesity, which is associated with heart disease, diabetes, strokes and cancer.

Additionally, obesity takes a toll on the economy, with the US paying nearly $150 billion in medical costs to fight the illness each year.



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