The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Overnight

Lo41° Partly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi58° Slight Chc Showers

Wednesday Night

Lo34° Partly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi59° Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo37° Partly Cloudy

Friday

Hi58° Slight Chc Rain/Snow

Friday Night

Lo33° Mostly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi56° Slight Chc Showers

Saturday Night

Lo37° Slight Chc Showers

Sunday

Hi57° Slight Chc Showers

The richer kids are getting thinner

Send to Kindle
Print This

LOS ANGELES — Several years into a campaign to get kids to eat better and exercise more, child obesity rates have appeared to stabilize, and might reverse. But a study published this week in the journal PNAS suggests that among adolescents, the hopeful signs are limited to those from better-educated, more affluent families. Among teenagers from poorer, less well-educated families, obesity has continued to rise.

Nationally, rates of obesity among adolescents ages 12 to 19 did not rise between from 2003 to 2004 and 2009 to 2010. But during those times, obesity rates among adolescents whose parents have no more than high-school educations rose from about 20 percent to 25 percent. At the same time, the obesity rates for teenage children of parents with four-year college degrees or more fell from 14 percent to about 7 percent.

View my options or Sign in