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Childhood Obesity Levels No Longer Increasing — Yay!

The bad news is that childhood obesity rates have been on the rise and a large number of kids today are going to end up with heart disease and type two diabetes before they graduate high school. The good news is that the LA Times is reporting that childhood-obesity rates are actually leveling off, aka not increasing — the first time in nearly 10 years.

I wanted to share because it seems that all of our efforts to curb childhood obesity are paying off. So keep at it if you're a parent, a sibling, an aunt, a babysitter, a teacher, or anyone that influences a child's health positively. Feel like weighing in on the matter? Check out this poll on Citizen.

And bravo!


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
That's why parents need to step it up and be, ya know, PARENTS. That means saying NO to things every so often. Maybe buying your kid a bike instead of an Xbox or not caving in when they beg for soda at the store. I think there are too many parents out there that just take the easy way out and buy their kids whatever they want because they feel guilty about leaving their kids home alone while they work or whatever. Oh, and Lemur---I believe you're right...I have visibly seen the amount of overweight kids increase DRAMATICALLY since I was a kid. Where I live, I wouldn't be surprised if probably 75% of kids over the age of about 8 are overweight or obese. And yeah, that's not really an exaggeration either. I really hope the levels start dropping off soon. If 32% of kids are obese now, I can't imagine how many of them will grow into obese adults...scary thought.
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 9 years
I'm curious about where they collected the data. Because I can say based on simple observation that childhood obesity is increasing at an alarming rate in my area. It's rare to see a thin or healthy looking child around here. Every age level, from toddler to elderly, is showing a marked increase in obesity. I know it sounds like exaggeration, but I wouldn't be surprised if 85% of the population in this area was overweight, obese, or otherwise unhealthy. I feel bad for the kids, they're screwed before they even get a fair shot at it. A friend of mine tries to keep her son away from sugar & junk, but the pressure to say "yes" when all the other kids get a coke after t-ball is enormous. What will be easier, a hyper & happy kid, or a tantrum dressed as a five year old? On top of that she can't control when other adults give him junk if she's not there, like Grandpa or another parent at a friend's house. Trying to keep kids from getting addicted to sugar is HARD. Aside from that, all the positive marketing to children can't make a dent in the massive amount of a marketing they get from companies trying to sell them pizza rolls & energy drinks & candy & lunchables & cereals & frickin' gogurt in between their favorite tv shows. Just sayin'.
emalove emalove 9 years
Good to hear this, but I'm a teacher and see tons of kids on a daily basis and there seems to be many of them who are overweight and unhealthy-looking.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
It'll be better when we hear levels are a lot.
kia kia 9 years
This is great news. I hate seeing little rolly-polly meatballs whose parents still indulge them in unhealthy eating habits.
underyourwaves underyourwaves 9 years
That's good! :) And I want a Wii Fit too.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
Well that's good to hear.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I guess it's a good thing that it's leveling off, but the rates are still really high....remember that the rate has skyrocketed since the 50's and 60's when barely any kids were overweight. Even when I was in elementary school, we had maybe 1-2 "fat kids" per class, but now it's not uncommon to see 15-16 overweight kids in a classroom. It's pretty sad, actually. I think that Wii and DDR might be playing a big role in the drop, and the fact that more and more "healthy" foods are being marketed towards the 100 calorie packs, sugar free drinks, etc. Hopefully, the rates of childhood obesity will soon start dropping again.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I want a Wii Fit. :(
jasmint jasmint 9 years
I wonder if Wii has anything to do with this.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I don't want to sound negative but I don't think its something to celebrate. A rapid decline sure, but leveling off is still way to sad.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
Childhood obesity is still way to high and I'll start celebrating when the rates start decreasing
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