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Obesity Rate For Children Plummets 43% In A Decade

Well this is good news. The New York Times reports on a large drop in obesity levels in young children (2-to 5-year-olds):
Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke. [....]
Another explanation is that some combination of state, local and federal policies aimed at reducing obesity is starting to have an effect. Michelle Obama has led a push to change young children’s eating and exercise habits and 10,000 child care centers across the country have signed on. Many scientists doubt that anti-obesity programs actually work, but proponents of the programs say a broad set of policies applied systematically over a period of time can affect behavior.
Source: The study was produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will be published in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. The report is located here.
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