The battle of the bulge is not just a problem for adults anymore.


The battle of the bulge is not just a problem for adults anymore. National and local officials say poor eating habits and inactivity have resulted in obesity becoming a problem of epidemic proportion among the nationís and stateís youth.

In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has tripled for children ages 6 to 11 and doubled for children 12 to 19, according to the Institute of Medicine.

In Kansas one, in four students in grades six through 12 are overweight or at risk of being overweight, according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Eleven percent of the students were considered obese, according to 2007 KDHE figures.

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