by Marion Nestle
Nov 22 2016
Some good news: childhood obesity declines in low-income children–a bit
The CDC and USDA are collaborating to track the prevalence of obesity in children ages 2 – 4 who participate in the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
In a new report, the agencies find obesity prevalence to have increased from 14% in 2000 to 15.9% in 2010. But here’s the good news: it dropped to 14.5% in 2014.
More good news: it decreased significantly among toddlers in these groups:
- Non-Hispanic whites
- Non-Hispanic blacks
- American Indian/Alaska Natives and Asians/Pacific Islanders
- 61% of the 56 agencies in states, DC, and US territories
The not-so-good news is that obesity in WIC kids is still higher than the national average among kids 2 – 5 years (8.9%), but this trend is in the right direction.
What accounts for it? The report lists several possibilities:
- Revision of the WIC package in 2009 to align with Dietary Guidelines and infant feeding guidelines from the Pediatric Academy.
- Local, state, and national obesity initiatives
- Let’s Move
- The White House Childhood Obesity Task Force report
- Institute of Medicine recommendations
Let’s keep doing more of the same and keep that trend heading downward.