CDC: Childhood Obesity Rate Declines

ATLANTA — The obesity rate of preschoolers declined in 19 of 43 states and territories, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that analyzed low-income children ages 2-4 years, from 2008 to 2011. Obesity rates increased slightly in three of the states and territories, and did not change in the remaining 21. 


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New York, California, Washington, South Dakota and New Jersey were among the states posting declines, while obesity rates rose slightly in Colorado, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

The change comes after decades of rising obesity rates, but about one in eight U.S. preschoolers is still obese. The study also found: 

• About one in five African American children and one in six Hispanic children between the ages of 2 and 5 are obese.

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• Obese children are more likely to be obese later in childhood and adolescence, when obesity is associated with high cholesterol, high blood sugar, asthma and mental health problems.

• Children who are overweight or obese as preschoolers are five times as likely as normal-weight children to be overweight or obese adults.

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