Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Childhood Obesity

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Childhood Obesity

Article excerpt

An encouraging report suggests that the tide could finally be turning in this important battle.

After a long fight to control childhood obesity, there are encouraging signs that the tide is finally turning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday that the obesity rate among preschoolers from poor families has fallen in 19 states and American territories, and it has risen in only three states.

That still leaves a lot of room for improvement. One in eight preschoolers in the United States is obese; among low-income children, it is one in seven. About one in five black children and one in six Hispanic children between the ages of 2 and 5 are obese.

Several cities have previously reported modest drops in obesity rates among school-age children, mostly from middle- and upper- income families. The new report shows the broadest pattern of decline yet seen among low-income children.

The study analyzed the weights and heights of 12 million children ages 2 to 4 from a survey taken from 2008 to 2011. …

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