Good News for Child Obesity

We’ve blogged before about America’s rising obesity rate and how to fight it, but the battle may have just gotten a little easier. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows obesity rates dropping for low-income preschool children in 19 states between 2008 and 2011. From the Wall Street Journal:

The obesity analysis, by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, was based on data from 11.6 million children age 2 to 4. The survey group included children eligible for federally funded programs of maternal and child health and nutrition, such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as the WIC program.

The decline was greatest in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the obesity rate in such children fell to 11% in 2011 from 13.6% in 2008. Drops of more than one percentage point were also seen in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Missouri, and South Dakota.

Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, called the results a “bright spot” and a “tipping point.”

“For the first time in a generation, we’re seeing it go in the right direction in 2- to 4-year-olds,” he said on a conference call with reporters, calling the changes “small but statistically significant.” He was quick to add, “We’re very, very far from being out of the woods.”

Of the 43 states measured, obesity rates for preschool children rose in 3 states and remained the same same in 21 states.

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  1. Corey says:

    I did a quick check on a corellation that came to mind. Emmigration from Mexico is down a lot too. It isn’t a race thing. It’s a poverty thing. The financial crisis resulted in fewer poor immigrants. The number of obese children went down.

    I think this may be related.

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    • hanmeng says:

      And hasn’t Mexico surpassed the US in obesity? Which is good news for… those who want the US to be No. 2.

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  2. Anne@weightloss5ws says:

    Its great news as childhood obesity can lead to cancer in adulthood. It may be due to whatever reason but it is good that obesity rates has dropped down.

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