It is no secret that childhood and teenage obesity is a growing problem, even in less developed countries. But researchers are confirming what many suspect, that being overweight in adolescence increases the risk of being severely overweight in adulthood. Doctors say obesity often opens the gate to further health consequences, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and risk of heart disease. A recent study shows the odds of being morbidly obese are also greater among women than men. VOA's Melinda Smith has details.