Approximately two thirds of American adults are obese or overweight. More and more studies are being done to try to help doctors and people prevent or reverse this problem.
Now a new study has come out in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that shows a direct link between adolescent obesity and the risk of severe obesity in adulthood.
In this study, almost 9000 young people, aged 12 to 21 were followed from 1996 to the present.
In this study 70% of the adolescents who were obese remained severely obese in adulthood. In addition another almost 8% of adolescents who were not severely obese became severely obese when they reached adulthood.