Childhood obesity rates still declining
While adult obesity rates continue to climb, it appears we're doing a better job with the younger generation.
According to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity rates among children are going down--especially among children between two and four years old.
Through the worst?
Researchers go as far as to say that we may have seen the highest peak where childhood obesity is concerned. But is it really downhill from here? The CDC report is the first national study on the subject, so it remains to be seen.
Using data from the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance Survey, the study analyzed over 26.7 million children between the ages of 2 and 4. The study population came from 30 states and included data collected between 1998 and 2010.
Obesity and extreme obesity down
In 2003, the number of obese children in the 2-4 age range was 15.2 percent, and in 2010, the number dropped to 14.9 percent. Extreme obesity in 2003 was at 2.22 percent, dropping to 2.07 percent in 2010.
The CDC updated its obesity standards for this age group in 2000. To be considered obese, children in this age group must have a BMI in the 95th percentile or higher. To be considered extremely obese, children must have a BMI in the 120th percentile or above.
Source: Medical News Today