Los Angeles: About one in three children in California is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, according to statistics released by a health insurance company.
There are even more overweight children in the Los Angeles County, which comprises 88 satellite cities.
The number of overweight children in the county is about three percent higher than the rest of California, and nearly doubles the national rate, said the Blue Cross of California, a health insurance company Friday.
About 80 percent of obese children will continue to be obese into adulthood, said the company, which has launched exercise programs to deliver messages about nutrition and physical activity to children at a younger age.
In an effort to fight the rising trend of childhood obesity, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa led an exercise routine Friday for seventh-graders at Markham Middle School in Watts, in downtown Los Angeles.