In Baltimore and other segregated cities, the life-expectancy gap between African Americans and whites is as much as 20 years. To Kiarra, the weight sometimes felt like a great burden, and at other times like just another fact of life. She had survived a childhood marred by death, drugs, and violence. But she still struggled with binge eating—so much so that she would eat entire plates of quesadillas or mozzarella sticks in minutes.
At a time when one in three kids weighs too much, an inability to pack on pounds might seem like a minor issue. But some slender children have health concerns of their own. Yet at 36 pounds, she weighs little more than a toddler. Approximately 99 percent of girls her age outweigh her, which means that by medical standards she is officially underweight as are all kids who fall below the fifth percentile. He adds that the true causes for concern are drops in weight and height percentile or a failure to gain weight during a period of height growth.
Back to Health A to Z. Albinism affects the production of melanin, the pigment that colours skin, hair and eyes. It's a lifelong condition, but it doesn't get worse over time.