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CDC Report: Obesity Rates Down Slightly Among Low-Income Preschoolers In Missouri

U.S. CDC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System, 2008-2011. *Represents statistically significant annual decrease or increase in obesity.

Updated at 5:30 p.m.  to adjust y-axis units on graph and to add second map.

It's not a big change, but it's at least in the right direction.

According to a new report released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity among low-income preschoolers (ages 2-4) declined by at least one percentage point over the period from 2008 to 20011 in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

That includes Missouri, where rates of preschool obesity dropped from 13.9 to 12.9 percent.

Credit Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio/U.S. CDC data

The report used weight and height data from the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System for about 11.6 million low-income children aged 2–4 years from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories.

Credit U.S. CDC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System
Prevalence of obesity among low-income, preschool-aged children in 2011.

You can find more information from the CDC on how to reduce childhood obesity, here.

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