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New CDC report shows decline in obesity among 2 to 5 year olds

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Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that can be found in the February 26th in the Journal of the American Medical Association, (www.jamanetework.com) show a “significant decline in obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years. Obesity prevalence in this age group went from nearly 14 percent in 2003-2004 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012 – a decline of 43 percent – based on CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data.” (www.CDC.gov)

According to the report,” Obesity prevalence for this age group went from nearly 14 percent in 2003-2004 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012 – a decline of 43 percent – based on CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data.” The JAMA article does not actually compare 2009-2010 to 2011-2012, but it does show a decline a decline in the 2 to 5 years old children’s group during this time period “from just over 12 percent in 2009-2010 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012.”(www.jamanetwork.com)

The report does not have precise reason for the dip in the obesity rate, but nonetheless it is encouraging. There have been possible reasons, though. Many childhood day care centers have improved on the nutrition that is given to children and there is evidence that there has been a decrease in in the consumption of sugary drinks such as soda and non-fruit drinks. The article did go to say though, there has not been a significant change in obesity in adults between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012.

In addition to the CDC report, Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, was pleased with the report. She added that ““With the participation of kids, parents, and communities in Let’s Move! These last four years, healthier habits are beginning to become the new norm.” (www.CDC.gov)

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