Overweight Youth

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Nebraska's chief medical officer says it's time for overweight children in Nebraska to get moving.

Doctor Richard Raymond says kids are sitting and eating themselves into a lifetime of pain and misery.

His comments come in a report released Monday by the state's Health and Human Services System titled "Overweight Among Nebraska Youth."

The report uses height and weight data from more than 40 thousand Nebraska children in kindergarten through 12th grade to reach its conclusions.

The report found that 16 percent of children are overweight, while an additional 17-percent are at risk of being overweight.

Those at greater risk of being overweight are boys, students in grades 4-6, Hispanics, American Indians, and those living in south-central Nebraska.

Raymond says he hopes the report serves as a wake-up call to reverse the trends that lead to overweight children.