Be ready for a surprise, there are actually some good news about childhood obesity! According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that efforts to curb weight gain among low income preschoolers could be working.
Between 2008-2010, 18 states and one territory had reported a small, but still significant declines in childhood obesity among a group of preschoolers. Based on data, from 12 million kids aged from two to four years old who participated in federal funded maternal and child nutrition programs, show that the rates of childhood obesity rates have decreased at least by 1% in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, South Dakota, and the United States Virgin Islands. Twenty other states, including Puerto Rico maintained their current rates and only three states rates had slightly increased. These results are very encouraging especially because in the U.S. one in about every eight preschoolers tend to be obese, and those kids have higher chances to be overweight or obese as adults if they were overweight at a preschoolers age. Weight loss camps are continuously promoting and encouraging more exercise and healthy eating.
Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden stated, “We’ve seen isolated reports in the past that have had encouraging trends, but this is the first report to show many states with declining rates of obesity in our youngest children after literally decades of rising rates.”
Frieden gives credits of the decreased rates of childhood obesity to the more intensive government programs that help provide healthy foods to low income families and just spreading a greater awareness of the importance of nutrition and healthy weight. As an example, the Women, Infants, and Children program provides nutritious foods and information on healthy eating and even health care guides to low-income pregnant women. The program even promotes breastfeeding and offers whole fruits and vegetables instead of fruit juice because most fruit juices are made up of high amounts of sugar. Breastfeeding has been associated in some studies to decrease the rates of childhood obesity. Studies have also shown that kids who eat fresh produce are less likely to turn to high calorie, sugar filled snacks and drinks that are linked to weight gain. Programs like Let’s Move, which is a program that encourages kids to be physically active and are even helping kids to maintain a healthy balance between the amount of calories they eat and the amount that they burn off during the day.
Much like Let’s Move, weight loss camp, Camp Shane, promotes overweight and obese children to stay physically active throughout the day and eat portion controlled meals during the three meals times each day. Our camps also provide nutrition and cooking classes to educate our campers the importance of healthy eating and how it will benefit them for a lifetime. We encourage our campers to attain healthier habits and diminish their unhealthy habits towards healthy weight loss.
In reference to Why Obesity Rates are Falling Among Preschoolers.