A Weighty Report: Kids are Growing More Obese

New federal data shows children, especially those between 2 and 5 years old, are becoming increasingly obese. Previous data showed trend in other direction. Obesity could lead to dire health problems, overtax hospital systems.

Pat Batcheller

A new study published this week in the journal “Pediatrics” reveals a trend growing in the wrong direction.

An analysis of federal data finds that the rate of obesity among children in the U.S., especially those between 2 and 5 years old, is increasing.

In some cases the rise is dramatic.

The lead author of the study is Duke University Associate Professor Asheley Skinner.


She tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter that the results hold dire implications for both kids and the nation’s health care system.


Click the audio link above to hear the full interview


  • Quinn Klinefelter
    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.