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Report: Obesity Rates Among Toddlers Have Declined

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America is as obese as it possibly can be, yet the government and media refuse to take responsibility for this tragic problem.  Although obesity rates among American preschoolers declined by 43 percent in the past decade, teenage and adult obesity are deplorable and show no signs of improvement.

These findings were broadcast on all of the nation's major news stations and in most major newspapers with many claiming "victory" in the fight against childhood obesity. While this all sounds like good news, I disagree with such proclamations.

The study, published in JAMA, found that obesity rates among two- to five-year olds dropped from 14 percent in 2003 to eight percent in 2012. The researchers suggest that decreased consumption of high-calorie drinks and higher rates of breast feeding might account for the decline.

No reduction in obesity rates was found among any other age group, however. And obesity rates for women over the age of 60 actually rose by about 21 percent. Eventually, nearly all Americans end up obese which contributes to a lifetime of chronic disease.      


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