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Obesity Rates Fall Among Low-Income Preschooler

In a hint of positive change on reversing the obesity epidemic, a government report released this month found that obesity rates among low-income preschoolers have slightly declined in 19 states.

The fall in obesity rates among low-income 2 to 4 year olds ranged from almost 2 percent to 19 percent. Obesity rates for the preschoolers increased slightly in 3 of 43 states: Colorado, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Rates remained unchanged for the other states included in the study.

The report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the height and weight of almost 12 million low-income preschoolers in 43 states and territories. The data was collected during 2008 to 2011.

Still, about one in eight US preschoolers is obese. Children who are overweight or obese as preschoolers are five times as likely as normal-weight children to be overweight or obese as adults, according to the report. AICR’s report and its continuous updates found that excess body fat increases the risk of seven types of cancers, including post-menopausal breast, colorectal, and pancreatic.

Child Obesity Drop 2013

Sources: Vital Signs: Obesity Among Low-Income, Preschool-Aged Children — United States, 2008–2011. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 9, 2013 / 62(31);629-634

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