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U.S. Teens Are Fattest

Teenagers in the United States have higher rates of obesity than those in 14 other industrialized countries, including France and Germany. Among American 15-year-olds, 15 percent of girls and nearly 14 percent of boys were obese, and 31 percent of girls and 28 percent of boys were more modestly overweight. U.S. teens were more likely than those in other countries to eat fast food, snacks and sugary sodas and were more likely to be driven to school and other activities. The heaviest countries, based on data from 15-year-olds, also included Greece, Portugal, Israel, Ireland and Denmark.

Yahoo! News January 6, 2004

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