It made the point, which has been made here a number of times, that for the first time in our history American children are on their way to a shorter life span than their parents.
This comes on the heels of a report last month that 20% of American women have already seen a decline in their life expectancy largely because of obesity and smoking.
The Post series made a number of important points:
- Obesity has tripled among children ages 6 to 11.
- The average weight for boys and girls age 10 is 11 pounds more than it was in 1963.
- Locally, almost a quarter of kids through age 17 in PG County MD, and more than third of kids in Loudoun County VA, are considered obese. In DC, 40% of kids are at least overweight.
- Type 2 Diabetes has increased tenfold among children and teens and gallbladder disease has tripled in children ages 6 to 17.
A Post editorial put it more diplomatically: "What is needed is a champion to turn these disparate actions against childhood obesity into a unified campaign...Without clear and focused leadership––the kind that turned smoking from chic to undesirable––rising obesity among America's youth and the health problems that go with it will worsen."