The referenced study simulated growth trajectories across the life course adjusting for secular trends. The authors acknowledge that the assumption of the study is that children will continue to grow similarly for the rest of their lives and that secular trends will also continue. Growth, however is not static, and there may in fact be changes in previously seen secular trends. The models have predicted that more than half (57.3%) of children will be in the obese category at age 35, and that roughly half of the cumulative incidence will occur during childhood. Based upon the prediction models increase in cumulative incidence begins at age 20. What are some thoughts of panelists as to causes for rapid weight gain in young adults, and reasonable actions for prevention and treatment?
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