Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Obesity rates among pre-schoolers from low income families are declining in many states in the US

A 'vital signs'  report published by the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, published August 9, shows that in 18 out of 43 states or territories in the US obesity rates among 2-4 year olds from low income families, have declined significantly between 2008 and 2011. No change was observed in 20 states, while 3 states showed increased obesity rates. The results are based on measured height and weight from 11.6 million low-income children. In USA today, US experts say that the changes are small, but encouraging, because this is the first time in a generation that trends appear to be moving in the right direction.