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Obesity in children ages 2-5 has declined 43 percent in the last decade, according to Centers for Disease Control data released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Nearly 14 percent of the nation’s young ones were considered obese in 2004 compared to a little over 8 percent in 2012. While this is inarguably a move in the right direction—the CDC called it, “an encouraging decline”—obesity rates for older children and adults remain stalled.

The reason behind the drop isn’t clear, but several moves have been made in the last ten years to combat the country’s growing waistlines, and many of the initiatives have focused on our youngest citizens.


Likely due to a combination of these federal and local health initiatives that aim to improve nutrition and exercise at daycares and preschool programs, young children seem to be getting healthier. Children now get less of their calories from sugary beverages. And more babies are being breastfed, and for longer periods of time—a proven way to keep off excess weight in children.

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