Childhood obesity rates in the United States and around the world (GRAPHS).

March 2 2011 3:51 PM

Childhood Obesity by the Numbers

Data on the expanding waistlines of kids across the nation and around the world.

Click here to launch a slide show of maps and graphs illustrating the scope of childhood obesity in America.

In our latest "Hive" project, Slate is asking for your best solutions to the problem of childhood obesity. The percentage of kids in the United States who are obese has more than doubled in the past three decades, and obesity puts children at risk for related chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and more.

Then submit your ideas on how to reverse the trend.

Christy Harrison is a writer and editor specializing in food, nutrition, and health. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Public Health and registered dietitian's license at New York University. Previously she was the online editor at Gourmetmagazine.

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