Fat Cleveland Kids to Be Studied

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Childhood obesity is a widening problem all over the country, but Cleveland seems to be on the front edge of creating at kids. 33% of kids nationwide are considered obese; that number is 40% in Cleveland.

As the problem expands so too have efforts to understand the causes and deal with the effects. One of the most ambitious and largest studies ever launched on the topic will include more than 400 families in Cleveland.

The projects will cost close to $50 million and involve four major cities. Locally, three researchers from Case Western will recruit 450 students from 50 Cleveland schools to participate in the study, which will last seven years.

Details about the plans after the jump.

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