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Minorities at higher risk for gaining weight in childhood, report says

Minorities at higher risk for gaining weight in childhood, report says

The study found that by the age of 18, these minorities were more likely to surpass a normal weight. The findings were to be presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Baltimore last week.

“[All of this] likely reflects complex relationships between physiology, culture, socioeconomic status, genetics and the environment,” said lead author Christy Avery, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “Once a person is classified as overweight or obese, it is very difficult for him or her to re-attain normal body weight.”

Learn more about the study on US News Health.

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