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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