After decades of warnings about the 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.
The report examined geography of these children and found:
Nineteen 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 saw a small incline in childhood obesity rates and the rest remained unchanged.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
And the long term effects of childhood obesity are alarming:
Children who are overweight or obese as preschoolers are 5 times as likely as normal-weight children to be overweight or obese as adults.
Childhood obesity puts kids at greater risk for high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as diabetes and cardiovascular issues.
We’ve blogged about this before — these chronic diseases are costing us:
Three out of every four dollars spent on healthcare in the United States are used to treat patients with chronic diseases; and
Seven out of every ten deaths are a result of chronic disease.