Progress in ending childhood obesity seems to be well underway. On Feb. 25, federal authorities announced a huge decline in obesity occurences in the 2 to 5 age group.
It seems as though some progress is being made in putting a stop to one of Americas biggest epidemics. A federal survey showed there was an impeccable 43% decrease in obesity in the last decade. Programs such as Michelle Obama‘s ‘Let’s Move Campaign’ as well as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, have made solid efforts to decrease the occurrences of this potentially lifelong disease.
Obesity Rate In Young Kids Decreased by 43% In The Last Decade
Federal health authorities reported on Tuesday, Feb. 25 that the obesity rate in 2 to 5 year olds has dropped by a whopping 43%. The trend came as a lovely surprise to researchers who say that children who are obese between ages 3 to 5 are five times as likely to be overweight or obese as adults. The survey found that only 8% of children were obese in 2012, a huge decrease compared to the 14% in 2004. “This is the first time we’ve seen any indication of any significant decrease in any group,” said Cynthia L. Ogden, a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Federal Efforts To Prevent Obesity Prove To Be Effective
Federal, state, and local policies aimed at reducing obesity seem to be effective. First lady Michelle Obama has been adamant about implementing healthier eating and exercising habits, calling on the largest stars in the world to help with the campaign. Over 10,000 child care facilities have signed on to her initiative. After these results came in, Mrs. Obama stated, “I am thrilled at the progress we’ve made over the last few years in obesity rates among our youngest Americans,” reports the New York Times.
Other programs also helped in the decrease of obesity. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children reduced funding for fruit juices, cheese and eggs and increased it for whole fruits and vegetables, added the New York Times. Under Mayor Bloomberg, New York City barred restaurants from using artificial trans fats in their food and required chain restaurants to show calorie information on their menus.
Let us know your thoughts, HollyMoms! Are you surprised by this huge decrease?
— By Stephanie Sengwe