Kindergartners show signs of becoming obese generation

November 23, 2011 2:25:59 PM PST
A new study shows that the nation's kindergartners are heavier on average than children brought up a generation ago, something researchers say points to more youngsters being at risk of becoming overweight.

The study analyzed 6,000 children from a cross-section of racial backgrounds. They found 40 percent had a body-mass-index, or weight in relation to height, in the 75th percentile or higher for their age.

That's an increase of 15 percent over kindergartners measured throughout the 1970's and 80's.

The findings appear in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics.