Drop in childhood obesity rate is sign of progress

08/07/2013 11:57 AM

08/07/2013 5:56 PM

Even a slight decrease matters in arresting the obesity problem in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows some evidence of a national decline in childhood obesity. Missouri and Kansas are among close to 20 states with a slight drop in obesity for low-income preschool children, The Associated Press reports.

Currently, one in eight preschool children is obese in the U.S. Delines were noted in the examination of 12 million low-income children in 40 states from data collected from 2008 to 2011.

The 2- to 4-year-olds were in the federal Women, Infants and Children program. Obesity numbers in Missouri, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and South Dakota fell at least 1 percentage point.

Those were the biggest losers. The process just has to continue to get the country on a healthier track.


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