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Signs of progress in childhood obesity fight
This map shows the states that experienced a decline or increase in low-income preschool obesity rates.
August 6th, 2013
12:01 PM ET

Signs of progress in childhood obesity fight

After decades of warnings about the rapidly rising rate of childhood obesity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some good news. A new report from the CDC suggests we've made some progress in the fight against childhood obesity in the nation's youngest children - specifically those from low-income families.

Researchers analyzed data from approximately 12 million children between the ages of 2 and 4 who participate in federally funded nutrition programs. Data from 40 states, Washington, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were included in the Vital Signs report.

Nineteen of the states and the U.S. Virgin Islands saw a small but significant decline in preschoolers' obesity rates between 2008 and 2011, according to the CDC. Three states - Colorado, Pennsylvania and Tennessee - saw a slight increase over the same time period, and the rest remained stagnant. Utah, Wyoming, Louisiana, Texas, Maine, Delaware, Alaska, Oklahoma, Virginia and South Carolina were not included in the report due to inconsistencies or changes in data reporting.

"It's a bright spot for our nation's young kids, but the fight is very far from over," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said.

An estimated one out of every eight preschoolers in the United States is obese, according to the CDC report. The numbers are higher in African-American and Hispanic populations, at one in five and one in six, respectively.

Children who are overweight or obese as preschoolers are five times more likely to be overweight or obese as adults, Frieden said. This can increase their risk for health problems such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Government initiatives such as the first lady's Let's Move! program have tried to encourage child-care providers to offer outside play opportunities, reduce screen time and serve fresh fruit and vegetables at every meal. They've also tried to eliminate fried foods and sugary drinks from young kids' diets. While the CDC cannot prove that programs like these are making a difference, Frieden said, it's obvious that something has changed.

“Today’s announcement reaffirms my belief that together, we are making a real difference in helping kids across the country get a healthier start to life,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a statement.

“We could not be more encouraged by the progress we have made, but we have a long, long way to go before we can rest and know the next generation is on a much healthier path," said Sam Kass, executive director of Let’s Move! and the White House's senior policy adviser on nutrition. "We will take this moment to double down on our efforts and really see this through.”

Previous smaller studies have shown similar declines in other child populations, Frieden said, but this is the largest national data system that exists. He said the CDC is confident that the declines shown in these 19 states are a sign of a national downward trend.

Obesity rates among low-income preschoolers steadily increased between 1990 and peaked in 2007 at close to 15%. They have since flatlined. This is the first sign of a turning point.

“Obesity is a complex problem, and we know addressing it isn’t going to be quick or simple," Frieden said. “It’s not going to turn on a dime.”


soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. L.Sanfod

    The Tea Party will now slam Michelle for starving our children.

    August 6, 2013 at 14:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • smartaz

      I would lean toward laughing at anyone who thinks Michelle Obama has done anything to actually make a difference in childhood obesity.

      August 6, 2013 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
    • Jack Rivera

      When is Michelle going to get rid of that huge behind?

      August 7, 2013 at 06:25 | Report abuse |
    • Millie

      Jack Rivera, usually men who complain about a woman's big behind would never be able to handle a bootilicious woman anyway. They complain to make themselves feel better about the little stuff they carry. Real men love big behinds.

      August 8, 2013 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
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      August 9, 2013 at 09:54 | Report abuse |
    • Anna50

      None of these tips from the good doctor will help you achieve a flat belly, science has revealed that the cause of almost all belly fat is due to inflammation from food chemicals. The tips above will not give you less of a belly at all.

      Processed foods have created a generation of people who are insulin resistant and have inflammation related obesity. A simple change of diet and exercise will not reverse this. Few diets can reverse inflammation related stomach fat. Researchers at the prestigious Harvard University reported on this as well. Reversing inflammation will cause a loss of the weight

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      August 16, 2013 at 09:16 | Report abuse |
  2. optimistica

    This could be Michelle Obama's most important legacy – to all those who criticized her and were so off, please think again.

    August 6, 2013 at 22:15 | Report abuse | Reply
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      August 8, 2013 at 12:00 | Report abuse |
  3. JustPassingThrough

    *Inserts snarky anti-conservative comment to boost self-esteem.*
    .
    Politics aside, I'm glad there's finally some good news on this topic, and that if there's one thing everyone agrees on, it's that kids deserve a healthy start so they can get on the right path to lead long, healthy lives.
    – This PSA is brought to you by the Believers of Utopian Internet Comments

    August 6, 2013 at 22:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Whatever works

      "anti-conservative comment to boost self-esteem"

      I can certainly understand how that could work.

      August 6, 2013 at 23:53 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      When the first lady is criticized for wanting our nations children to live healthier lives, an anti conservative comment is not posted to improve self esteem. It is posted to highlight how backward the average conservative is. Plain and simple. Some of the stances conservatives take are just shameful, and they need to be called out.

      August 7, 2013 at 05:19 | Report abuse |
  4. optimistica

    to Tea party comment – I'd say anything the Tea Party slams deserves a high five! They are pretty ignorant on many issues.

    August 6, 2013 at 22:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. holdthephone

    The recession! Less money, less food.

    August 6, 2013 at 22:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • zandhcats

      Garbage food costs less.

      August 6, 2013 at 23:27 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      If that were the case we would have seen the trend under Bush, when the recession was created.

      August 7, 2013 at 05:20 | Report abuse |
  6. susan

    Do we have the best FLOTUS or what? This is such great news for our next generation!

    August 6, 2013 at 22:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. rvastag

    Would be great if they actually reported more of the data: obesity rate in 2008, obesity rate in 2009, number of children represented in each data pool, etc.

    August 6, 2013 at 23:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. johnny _m_mustard

    I guess so, just look at the economy and lack of jobs. Plenty of people are loosing weight.

    August 7, 2013 at 00:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      Typical conservative answer. Have all of you geniuses failed spelling?

      August 7, 2013 at 05:22 | Report abuse |
  9. coastlinecascot

    Two things cause fat kids. one free food (ebt) second endless hours of video games

    August 7, 2013 at 01:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      God that is shallow. EBT allows one to buy healthy food so that one is out. Video games and exercise will not make kids fat. I'll fix it for you: two things make kids fat; lack of exercise and too many calories. Kids from rich families suffer from the same disease smart guy.

      August 7, 2013 at 05:25 | Report abuse |
  10. Jesse

    Did I read that ebt is to blame for childhood obesity? Time for social media cliché-LOL....
    The research proves nothing, the researchers only examined obesity rates of children between the ages of 2 and 4. I would agree that children who are 'labeled' as obese or overweight tend to have an increased possibility of struggling with weight management, but from observing what I see when I go anywhere in NC. I would have to say that almost 40-50% of all people are overweight. In young people, the lack of moderate physical activity, free-play to build social interaction skills, and nutritious choices all correlate with positive weight management.

    August 7, 2013 at 06:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Joet04

    For those who think this is Michelle's greatest legacy you may want to check your facts. Childhood obesity has been on the decline for 10 years. Obviously this must be the phony scandal that her worthless husband is talking about. Do not believe me please check the facts for yourself (assuming you mindless liberals have the intelligence and willingness to check). I am glad she is carrying on the move against this epidemic that Mrs. Bush began.

    August 7, 2013 at 07:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. AlwaysQuestioning

    The period of time analyzed by the CDC researchers was 2008 to 2011, and the study only looked at preschoolers. Let’s Move! wasn’t announced until February 2010 and not implemented until the 2010-2011 school year.

    Further, Scientific American published an article late last year, wherein it showed data indicating that the decline in childhood obesity among low-income kids began in 2003 (and began to level off through 2008.) That would be 6 years before the Obamas arrived at the White House.

    Who still believes that Let's Move! magically reduced obesity in a year?

    August 7, 2013 at 07:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. lightseeker

    The real reason that children are loosing weight is because their parents are not able to feed them anymore. With the millions out of work, families have had to choose between paying rent and bills or buying food. I see many children waiting for their school bus with a bag of potato chips and other junk foods in their hands.

    August 7, 2013 at 11:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Darliene Howell

    I would like to recommend the free NAAFA Child Advocacy ToolkitSM (CATK) to assist you looking at programs. The total health of our nation's children is a serious responsibility.

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    August 7, 2013 at 17:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. cali girl

    It is up to parents to guide a child in their food choices. When I see toddlers who are obese it is absolutely sickening. Only one problem exists at that point, the parents.

    August 7, 2013 at 20:15 | Report abuse | Reply
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