Wed., September 23, 2009 3:02pm (EDT)

Part III: The Health of Georgia's Children
By Mary Ellen Cheatham
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Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Trence and Deanna Waiters splash around at a swimming pool in Augusta.  The two are losing weight after their doctor told them to shed some pounds.  (photo by Mary Ellen Cheatham)
Trence and Deanna Waiters splash around at a swimming pool in Augusta. The two are losing weight after their doctor told them to shed some pounds. (photo by Mary Ellen Cheatham)
More than a third of children in Georgia are overweight or obese.

Health care professionals have long focused on trying to prevent obesity in children. But that effort hasn't worked well enough, and children are getting sicker with obesity-related diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.

As GPB's Mary Ellen Cheatham reports, that's a problem because researchers say they have a lot to learn about how these typically adult illnesses affect children.