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Good News! Childhood Obesity Is Declining in the U.S.

That's according to a new report out from the CDC.

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August 6, 2013

For decades, the rate of obesity among American children has been on the rise. But a new report out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the problem may be declining.

From 2008-2011, rates of obesity among low-income children decreased in 19 of the 43 states and territories the CDC examined, and only increased in three of them. Here's a look at how those states line up:

 

 
(CDC)

As the CDC writes, the downward tick doesn't mean the obesity problem is solved. One in eight preschoolers is still obese. Those numbers go up for minority students: One in five black children and one in six Hispanic children are obese.

In a statement about the report, Michelle Obama said:

Today's announcement reaffirms my belief that together, we are making a real difference in helping kids across the country get a healthier start to life.

Although the First Lady, who has focused much of her energy on health-issues, made clear "there is tremendous work still to be done."

The CDC report did not cite a reason for the reduction. The data was compiled through height and weight measurements of 11.6 million low-income children ages 2-4 who participated in the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System.

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