A study conducted regarding 518 children of ages 15-18 in 1971-1981 and 228 of their offspring at the same ages in 2001-2003 showed we are getting fatter.
The Body Mass Index (kilograms of weight divided by height in meters squared) of the parents as teen-agers was 23.0 compared to their teen-age boys of 24.2. The girls increased from 21.9 to 24.4. This represents a weight gain of the next generation of more than twice the rate of their parents.
Family Practice News June 15, 2004