U.S. Putting Up A Good Fight Against Childhood Obesity

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.