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 (3,205 Responses)
  1. Hel Networks Aika

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner because I found it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this issue here on your web site.


    May 16, 2021 at 03:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Aikaonline


    May 16, 2021 at 04:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Digital Marketing Reviews


    May 16, 2021 at 04:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jospeh Napoleon

    Always good to hear from a WA member Viljoen! Good luck with your marketing efforts! 🙂


    May 16, 2021 at 11:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. how to play on private aika server


    May 16, 2021 at 12:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sprinter Van Repair Shops


    May 16, 2021 at 13:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sprinter Tcu Repair

    This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Thanks!


    May 16, 2021 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Sprinter Window Regulator Repair


    May 16, 2021 at 13:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Used Maserati Quattroporte


    May 16, 2021 at 13:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. 2006 Sprinter Transmion Repair


    May 16, 2021 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Maserati Precio 2016


    May 16, 2021 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Freightliner Sprinter Repair Near Me


    May 16, 2021 at 15:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Van Door Repair


    May 16, 2021 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. 2004 Mercedes Sprinter Engine Block Repair

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may return once again since I book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.


    May 16, 2021 at 16:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Damian Delcarlo

    I don't know about you all but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/04/the-canjet-hostage-situation-is-luckily-over/


    May 16, 2021 at 16:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Maserati For Sale In California

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Thanks for providing this information.


    May 16, 2021 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Sprinter Calliper Repair

    I blog often and I really appreciate your information. This article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to take a note of your blog and keep checking for new information about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS feed too.


    May 16, 2021 at 19:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Van Repair Near Me

    I wanted to thank you for this very good read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it. I've got you book-marked to check out new things you post…


    May 16, 2021 at 20:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Repair 2006 Dodge Sprinter


    May 16, 2021 at 21:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. 2016 Sprinter Repair Shops

    After looking into a handful of the articles on your web page, I honestly like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my website as well and let me know your opinion.


    May 16, 2021 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Sprinter Armrest Repair


    May 16, 2021 at 21:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Maserati Bikes

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe that this website needs much more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the advice!


    May 16, 2021 at 23:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Maserati Granturismo 0-60

    The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it does not disappoint me just as much as this one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read, but I really believed you would have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something that you could fix if you were not too busy looking for attention.


    May 17, 2021 at 01:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Dodge Sprinter Repair Near Me

    Good article! We will be linking to this particularly great content on our website. Keep up the good writing.


    May 17, 2021 at 01:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Jim Butler Maserati

    I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is something that not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I found this in my search for something relating to this.


    May 17, 2021 at 01:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Maserati Dealers Chicago


    May 17, 2021 at 02:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Mercedes Sprinter Repair Shops

    Your style is so unique compared to other people I've read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this page.


    May 17, 2021 at 02:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. 2018 Maserati Levante S Gransport

    I used to be able to find good information from your blog posts.


    May 17, 2021 at 02:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you've put in penning this website. I really hope to view the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own, personal website now 😉


    May 17, 2021 at 05:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Krysten Bivans

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs


    May 17, 2021 at 07:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Suspension Repair Sprinter Van


    May 17, 2021 at 07:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Dodge Sprinter 3500 2006 Window Repair

    May I simply say what a relief to discover someone who genuinely understands what they are discussing on the web. You certainly know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people have to check this out and understand this side of your story. It's surprising you are not more popular given that you most certainly possess the gift.


    May 17, 2021 at 08:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Mercedes Sprinter Service Locations

    Aw, this was an extremely good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a great article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and never seem to get anything done.


    May 17, 2021 at 11:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Sprinter Van Repair Shops Near Me

    There is certainly a great deal to find out about this issue. I really like all of the points you made.


    May 17, 2021 at 11:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. 2015 Maserati Granturismo Sport

    It’s difficult to find educated people for this subject, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks


    May 17, 2021 at 11:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Repair 19444


    May 17, 2021 at 11:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Maserati Levante Gts

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Cheers!


    May 17, 2021 at 12:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. accident repair shop near me

    You're so cool! I do not think I've read a single thing like this before. So great to discover another person with a few genuine thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This site is one thing that is needed on the web, someone with some originality!


    May 17, 2021 at 13:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. RV Repair Near Me

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post. Thank you for providing this info.


    May 17, 2021 at 13:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. 2017 Maserati Convertible

    I could not refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!


    May 17, 2021 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. RV TV Los Angeles


    May 17, 2021 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. RV Toilets Riverside


    May 17, 2021 at 14:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. 2019 Maserati Ghibli


    May 17, 2021 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Maserati Reddit

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and the rest of the site is also really good.


    May 17, 2021 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. good paint shops near me


    May 17, 2021 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. 2005 Maserati Quattroporte

    Very good article. I am experiencing a few of these issues as well..


    May 17, 2021 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. c and o body shop


    May 17, 2021 at 15:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. RV AC Near Me

    Hi, I do think this is a great website. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will come back yet again since I book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.


    May 17, 2021 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Maserati Leasing Prices

    This site was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Thank you!


    May 17, 2021 at 22:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Carin Arnwine

    I don't know about you all but I love airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/06/air-france-flight-447-missing/


    May 17, 2021 at 23:45 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64

Leave a Reply to MarcoIBEwwnz


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.