Saturday, April 28, 2012

Could the Childhood Obesity 'Epidemic' Be Ebbing?

After two decades of steadily increasing rates of childhood obesity, at least one state may finally be turning things around. The rates of obesity in children under the age of 6 in eastern Massachusetts declined during the period between 2004 and 2008, according to a new study. The researchers also found that the rates of obesity declined more for children who were insured by non-Medicaid health plans. This study shows some promise that we might be turning the tide on childhood obesity. What isn't clear is if this decline is from the things we're doing to prevent obesity [that] are causing the change they see. Results of the study are to be published in the May issue of Pediatrics, but were released online April 23.

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Could the Childhood Obesity 'Epidemic' Be Ebbing?

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