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On obesity, some good news for a change

Owen Canfield Published: August 9, 2013

A report this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included encouraging news, for a change, about obesity rates.

The CDC said the obesity rate among low-income preschoolers dropped broadly, and just slightly, from 2008 to 2011. It had gone in the other direction for many years. Obesity contributes to a host of health troubles including high blood pressure and diabetes.

The report said 19 states and U.S. territories had a lower percentage of obese kids aged 2 to 4. Obesity rates remained unchanged in 20 states, and increased in three.

Oklahoma was one of 10 states for which no information was available. The CDC says those states either changed how they collected data, didn’t collect it consistently, or didn’t take part in the annual survey of low-income children. But health officials here say Oklahoma’s preschool obesity rate dropped from 18.9 percent in 2011 to 18.6 percent last year.



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