Childhood obesity rates declining in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recorded a decline in the numbers of obese children aged between 2 and 4 years across 18 states in the US. The report used data based on the height and weight of nearly 12 million children in 40 states. The most significant declines were seen in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey and South Dakota, where it dropped by more than 1%. However, 1 in 8 nursery-age children are still overweight.

In contrast, the island of Ireland has seen an increase in the number of children carrying excess weight in Northern Ireland (NI) while obesity rates seem to have plateaued in the Republic of Ireland (ROI). Among children aged 2-15 years in NI, 31% were assessed as being overweight or obese in 2012; an increase of 4% since the 2010/2011 Health Survey Northern Ireland (PDF, 300KB). Results from the WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative carried out in the ROI suggest that the rate of obesity in seven-year-old children may be reaching a plateau.

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Posted: 07/08/2013 14:24:23 by Emily Kelleher


 

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