Childhood obesity rates are dropping in the US.
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Healthy Living, Lifestyle, Science.

America’s smallest inhabitants are getting even smaller!

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new data that suggests childhood obesity rates (ages 2-5) are down 43% over the past 10 years and that obesity rates for low-income young children on federal nutrition plans are also dropping. Both positive discoveries are the first of their kinds in decades.

CDC Director, Tom Friedman said about the new information, “We continue to see signs that, for some children in this country, the scales are tipping. This report comes on the heels of previous CDC data that found a significant decline in obesity prevalence among low-income children aged 2 to 4 years participating in federal nutrition programs.”

Friedman also said that the new numbers show promise that, at least for children, the obesity can be reversed. The CDC is unsure of the origin of these dropping obesity rates, but it is speculated that the recent focus of elementary schools on physical activity and nutrition may be causal factors.

First Lady Michelle Obama released a statement showing her excitement about the children of America choosing healthier foods. She said, “I am thrilled at the progress we’ve made over the last few years in obesity rates among our youngest Americans.”

While this news is thrilling, the CDC’s numbers also indicate obesity rates have not changed for the general population. Perhaps a venture into more plant-based eating could be just what we all need.

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About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at KrisCarr.com and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at MariaMooney.com for a free health consultation today!

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