Hospitalizations of obese kids and teens nearly doubles

Obese children hospitalized for such related conditions as asthma, diabetes, gallbladder disease, pneumonia and mental disorders soared dramatically, both in patient numbers and total costs. The published study prompted Caroline Apovian, MD, Boston Medical Center director of┬áthe Obesity Research Center, to call for a national health plan effort “to stave off a curtailed healthy future for our kids.”

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