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February 26, 2014

Nation reports fewer obese preschool-age kids

The obesity trend finally starts moving in the right direction. It’s also good that the Obama administration is pushing to phase out junk food advertising at schools. But to make it work, either the federal, state or local governments will have to fill the schools’ hunger for money with what the advertisements have provided.

Obesity among the nation’s children appears to be falling.

Among kids ages 2 to 5, obesity has dropped from nearly 14 percent in 2003 and 2004 to 8.4 percent in 2011 and 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.. That’s great news.

The trend just has to continue with more children and adults starting to eat better and exercise more. It’s also good that the Obama administration is pushing to phase out junk food advertising at schools.

But to make it work, either the federal, state or local governments will have to fill the schools’ hunger for money with what the advertisements have provided. It’s not possible to take away the ads for sugary drinks and snacks without the budget-nutrient green that education institutions so desperately crave.

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