Undated (WXOW) - For years, experts have warned that childhood obesity rates are climbing. Now there is some reason to think that we may be starting the new year in a new direction.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last thirty years.
Obesity is associated with cardio-vascular risk factors and is likely to continue into adulthood.
Doctors at the CDC studied data on more than 26 million children ages two to four from low-income families in thirty states.
In a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, they report that obesity went down from 15.2% in 2003 to 14.9% in 2010.
Extreme obesity decreased from 2.2% to 2.1% in 2010.
The authors believe theirs is the first study to indicate that obesity and extreme obesity in U.S. children may have begun to decline.
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