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Study: Severe obesity may be on the rise in children

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Recent studies suggest America is slamming the brakes on the childhood obesity epidemic.

A new study shows the number of the most severely obese children in the United States has more than doubles since 1999.

The numbers climbed from less than 1% in the late 90s to a little more than 2% by 2012.

Children are considered obese if they are above 95 percentile in high and weight for their age.

The CDC says obese kids are more likely to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes later in life.

They’re also at risk for bone and joint problems — also, sleep apnea.

Experts estimate an obese child will incur $12,000 to $19,000 more in the Health Care costs over a lifetime than a child of normal weight.