Wednesday, August 7, 2013

CDC Reports Obesity Rates Decline among Young Children from Low-Income Families

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that obesity rates among preschool children from low-income families have declined in 18 states and one U.S. territory, and increased in only three states.  The report provides state-specific data on obesity rates among children ages 2 to 4 who are enrolled in federal health and nutrition programs, such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Jim Marks, senior vice president and director of the Health Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said the report “shows our nation is making important progress in efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic,” and noted that it “builds on other positive reports that have come from all around the nation over the past few years.”
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