Childhood Obesity Drops in US Cities | National News


Childhood Obesity Drops in US Cities Experts stunned, see a big shift in fight against epidemic  Read more: http://www.kfiam640.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=104668&article=10632780#ixzz2EmULYXm1

Kids Moving More?

Childhood Obesity Drops in US Cities

Experts stunned, see a big shift in fight against epidemic

LocalSportsReviews – hopefully kids are moving more and eating less AND better!

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2012 9:05 AM CST
(Newser) – For the first time in decades, a number of US cities are reporting a decline in childhood obesity rates—an unexpected shift that had researchers checking and re-checking their data. Big cities have seen dips: Between 2007 and 2011, the rate fell 5.5% in New York, 5% in Philadelphia, and 3% in Los Angeles. Smaller cities like Anchorage have also seen rates drop. “It’s been nothing but bad news for 30 years, so the fact that we have any good news is a big story,” says New York’s health commissioner.

In fact, it could herald a change in the obesity trend, the New York Times reports. But the reasons for the shift remain unclear. Scientists aren’t sure Michelle Obama-style programs to fight obesity are effective, and researchers don’t know if kids are losing weight or if fewer obese children are starting school, the Times notes. Still, with 17% of those under age 20 obese, cities like Philadelphia have made big pushes against the epidemic, ridding school cafeterias of deep fryers and removing sugary drinks from school vending machines. Now, “the needle is actually moving,” says a researcher.

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7 responses to “Childhood Obesity Drops in US Cities | National News

  1. Reblogged this on MissionAbspossible and commented:
    Finally some good news on the childhood obesity epidemic!

  2. Good article. It’s great to hear that our nation’s kids are starting to be more fit and healthy. There are so many great programs out there helping them like Bok and other exercise programs.

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