Childhood obesity — not just happening in the U.S.

(ABC News) – Whether it’s junk food, a sedentary lifestyle, or myriad other factors. There’s something about the world our kids are growing up in today that is making them fat.

Lending weight to this fact? A new study this week, revealing that childhood obesity has been on the rise worldwide.

An international team of researchers, writing in the journal Lancet, looking at height and weight data for more than 31 million children, living in 200 different countries.

What they found: A ten-fold increase in obesity since 1975.

The past four decades, seeing the number of obese girls increasing from 5 million to 50 million. The number of obese boys surging from 6 million to 74 million worldwide.

The U.S. among the countries with more than one in five kids obese.

So how do we stop this unhealthy trend?

Small steps like limiting children’s intake of high-calorie, non-nutritious foods. Encourage exercise. And don’t be afraid to ask nutrition and weight gain during visits to the pediatrician.

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