WIC changes may have helped trim obesity among preschoolers

08/07/2013 02:32:00 PM
Tom Karst

Despite the decreases in some states, the survey said obesity among low-income preschool children remains high. In 2011, the CDC said the prevalence of obesity for all contributors to the survey as 14.4%, or about 4% points higher than in the early 1990s. CDC statistics show that children who are overweight or obese as preschoolers are five times as likely as normal-weight children to be overweight or obese as adults.

The prevalence of obesity among states/territories in the study ranged from 9.2% to 17.9%, according to the report. Ten states/territories had an obesity prevalence above 15%, with the high obesity prevalence in Puerto Rico at 17.9%. Six states/territories had an obesity prevalence of less than 12%, with the lowest obesity prevalence in Hawaii at 9.2%.

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