This more detailed study derails all the “good news” about the U.S. turning the corner on childhood obesity. The problem is more complex than “eat less, exercise more” as increasing inflammation coming from the diet and its effect on hormone levels, brain chemistry, and gut health is the underlying cause. These problems don’t lend themselves to easy political slogans.
A handful of preliminary studies in recent years has raised hopes the epidemic of U.S. child obesity has stabilized or reversed. But new research finds continued growth in our kids’ girth, suggesting that self-congratulation would be premature.