• Jennifer Rosenblum


Since 1980, the prevalence of obesity in adolescents has more than tripled. The latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data from 2003 to 2006 shows that 17.6% of adolescents ages 12–19 have obesity, compared to only 5% in the 1976–1980 survey. There are racial disparities, with Hispanics and African-Americans being affected more than Caucasians. This epidemic is now recognized as a national crisis, with significant health consequences and financial burdens.


Sleep Apnea Eating Disorder Adjustable Gastric Banding Racial Disparity Emotional Eating 
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References and Additional Readings

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Childhood Overweight and Obesity. Available at:
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Adolescent and Young Adult MedicineMassGeneral Hospital for ChildrenBostonUSA

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