Thursday, October 25, 2007

More US kids ending up in hospitals due to obesity

According to a latest study, the number of kids who were hospitalized due to obesity tripled from 1998 to 2004 in US. The common problems due to which kids hospitalized were sleep apnea, high blood pressure and gall bladder stones (Via Yahoo News).

"In 2002 for the first time ever, there have been more admissions for obesity than for malnutrition," said John Morton, a professor of medicine at Stanford University. In 1998, 40 out of every 10,000 children under 18 were hospitalized for ailments linked to obesity compared to 120 cases per 10,000 children in 2004, he said.