Childhood Obesity Rates Declining

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boypushupFrom Your Health Journal…..”An interesting article today written by Lori Abbott via California News Service on the Scoop San Diego web site which discusses how a CDC study is stating there are fewer obese children in the LA county area. Recently, we reported how similar numbers were shown in NYC with specific age groups. Although this is encouraging news, it is an isolated population and age group with this type of success. But, it is so nice to read stories like this, in hopes that this good news will spread to other areas of the country. Too many children already suffer from risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Changes to the environment – – including proper eating habits and daily physical activity are critical for more success. Please visit the Scoop San Diego web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Childhood obesity rates are beginning to decline.

A study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds fewer obese young children in Los Angeles County. The landmark study compared low-income children in the nation’s two most populous regions: Los Angeles and New York City.

“The obesity rate in children ages 3 and 4 has been coming down in New York since 2003,” said study co-author Shannon Whaley, director of research and evaluation for Public Health Foundation Enterprises Inc., and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. “L.A. County has now started to turn in 2008 and 2009. Now, our obesity rates are coming down, which is very encouraging.”

While the report doesn’t address the reasons for the turnaround, Whaley said the findings suggest that something can be done to impact the obesity epidemic in early childhood – and the earlier, the better. Focusing on early childhood is critical, she said, because it helps lay the foundation for healthy behaviors later in life.

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