New study shows that 35 percent of children are overweight or obese

Oct 06, 2011

Obese children are on the rise, which could eventually raise their life insurance premiums.

According to new information released by Practice Fusion's Research Division, 35 percent of children are overweight or obese. This could carry long-term effects when it comes to procuring a life insurance policy.

The study shows that children ages 3 through 18 are overweight or obese, with 19 percent having a BMI in the 95h percentile, or the obese range. Boys are more obese than girls with 21 percent of young boys being obese versus 18 percent of girls.

"As a practicing family physician, I see the signs of the childhood obesity epidemic directly in my exam room every day," said Robert Rowley, MD, Practice Fusion's chief medical officer, adding that electronic medical records and other new technologies can be helpful in eliminating childhood obesity.

According to Insure's website, if someone is 10 pounds over their ideal weight, life insurance quotes wont be affected. On the other hand, obesity and medical conditions that follow could cause difficulty in life insurance approval.

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