CHICAGO, Ill. (WPVI) -- We're learning more about the lingering effects of childhood obesity.
If someone is overweight as a child, the chances of being obese as an adult are much greater.
And according to some new studies, it gets worse as you get older.
A 2-year-old who is overweight has a 79-percent chance of being obese at age 35.
A 19-year-old has a 94-percent chance of this.
Obesity is linked to diabetes, heart disease and many other chronic illnesses.
But changes in behavior-- healthier eating and exercise -- can help a child avoid this fate.
Effects from childhood obesity can linger into adulthood
Letting weight get out of control early affects kids later