A report released last week shows that obesity is harming the health of millions of Americans, including children and teens. The report, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America 2009," from the Trust for America's Health, says that 28.8 percent of Maryland youths ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese - and thus at increased risk of a long list of chronic health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis and some cancers.
None of this comes as much of a shock. But here's something that most people probably would find surprising: Despite the fact that they generally eat more than enough food, overweight children also can suffer from malnutrition. How can a fat teenager living in Baltimore experience malnutrition, a condition that brings to mind images of children with swollen bellies living in Africa, the Asia-Pacific region and other impoverished parts of the developing world?