Childhood Obesity Among Preschoolers

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that childhood obesity declined in 19 states and territories among low-income preschoolers. None of our states in the MAA were among these. The study included over 11 million children, ages 2 to 4, whose families are receiving supplemental nutrition assistance through governmental program Women, Infants and Children. Obese children as young as age 3 show indicators for developing heart disease later in life. Other states and communities have shown declines in childhood obesity, but this is the first and largest study looking at low-income, preschool age children using the same metrics and definitions. For more on AHA’s efforts to curb childhood obesity visit: www.heart.org/healthierkids.

 

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