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The ''Magic'' Age for Childhood Obesity Is...

A year ago, I warned you about the seven key risk factors for childhood obesity. A new British Medical Journal study (free PDF link below) tacks on, for all intents, an eighth risk to that list.

Researchers tracked the health of some 6,000 British children over five years. Roughly 25 percent of the patients being tracked were already overweight as they made the transition to secondary school, and never slimmed down during the course of the study.

That's how researchers determined by age 11, the tendency toward obesity, or not, is set. Another interesting factoid: Almost a third of the children living in poorer conditions were fighting a losing battle with obesity.

Here's some easy and totally free lifestyle changes that will make a world of difference when it comes to fighting childhood obesity in your home, no matter how big or small your paycheck:

British Medical Journal May 5, 2006 Free Full Text PDF

Yahoo News May 4, 2006

Forbes.com May 4, 2006

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