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Childhood Obesity Falling in Several Cities!

by Michelle Z. on Thursday, December 20, 2012

Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. And excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood.

BUT there is some good news! The New York Times recently published an article showing that some cities are, for the first time in decades, showing a decline in childhood obesity. This is exciting news and we now look forward to working with our advocates to get some cities in our state added to the list.

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