Obese Children’s Lifespans Likely To Be Shorter Than Parents’

Addiction in families can put a strain on relationships, but not all dependencies are related to drugs. Many individuals struggle with an addiction to food, and kids are often subject to obesity.

A new study has found that overweight kids have a heightened chance of developing conditions, such as diabetes, joint deterioration and high blood pressure. As a result, researchers believe that the upcoming generation will most likely have a shorter lifespan than their parents for the first time in history.

Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 80 percent of obese children between the ages of 10 and 15 continue to be overweight in their mid-twenties. Jessica Bartfield, an internal medicine and medical weight-loss specialist, said that genetics can play a role in obesity in children. However, environment and culture are also prevalent factors in weight.

Bartfield adds that if one parent is obese, a child is 50 percent more likely to be obese as well. If both parents are overweight, the odds increase to 80 percent.

In 2009, the obesity rate among adults increased by more than 1 percent from 2007, according to the CDC. Rehabilitation facilities may be able to help address the issue of addiction in families.