Despite the impression left by Honey Boo Boo
, childhood obesity appears to be on the decline in America.
A national survey of nearly 30 million low-income kids found that their rate of obesity has finally leveled off after decades of growth beginning in the 1980s. And in some major cities, reports Raw Story
, the number of kids with an unhealthy weight has actually gone down. The research was carried out by the Centers for Disease Control's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, with the help of - wait for it - the Pediatric Nutritional Surveillance System, an information clearinghouse on children across the US eligible for federal health care.
"These finding may have important health implications because of the lifelong risks of obesity and extreme obesity in early childhood," said the study's designers, who note the turning point that came just shy of a decade ago. Scientific American elaborates
An important shift in early childhood obesity rates seems to have begun in 2003. Obesity rates increased from 13.05 percent in 1998 to 15.21 percent in 2003. Soon, however, obesity rates began decreasing, reaching 14.94 percent by 2010. Extreme obesity followed a similar pattern, increasing from 1.75 percent to 2.22 percent from 1998 to 2003, but declining to 2.07 percent by 2010.
Via Raw Story and Scientific American