Chart of the Day: Childhood Obesity over Time

Hm. So if you have kids, odds are they’ll be doing more walking today than on most days. The only problem is that they’ll also be eating more partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and corn syrup than on most days.

Here’s a horrible chart from the CDC:

childhood obesity chart[The figure above shows the prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents, by age group, in the United States during 1963-2008.]

Why is anyone talking about ebola? I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that safe routes to school might help fix this long-term trend.

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.