Well Bless the FLOTUS Michele Obama little heart! A data set from the CDC from 2008-2011 says that childhood obesity rates have fallen in the United States and Michelle Obama is given her program, “Let’s Move” the credit. A program that was not announced until 2010 and not fully implemented until 2011.
That’s right, the data that says childhood obesity rates have gone down have nothing to do with ‘Lets Move’ or Michelle Obama. But that doesn’t stop the administration from chalking it up to all of Michelle great work on the issue.
“Together, we’re making a real difference in helping kids across the country get a healthier start to life.” -FLOTUS http://t.co/L27uGm0yuF
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) August 6, 2013
Further, the following article states that the downward trend in childhood obesity in America actually began in 2003.
Thanks Michelle Obama!
— Randy Prine (@randyprine) August 6, 2013
About one in three children in the U.S. are now overweight, and since
the 1980s the number of children who are obese has more than tripled. But a new study of 26.7 million young children from low-income families shows that in this group of kids, the tidal wave of obesity might finally be receding.
Being obese as a child not only increases the risk of early-life health problems, such as joint problems, pre-diabetes and social stigmatization, but it also dramatically increases the likelihood of being obese later in life, which can lead to chronic diseases, including cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Children as young as 2 years of age can be obese—and even extremely obese. Early childhood obesity rates, which bring higher health care costs throughout a kid’s life, have been especially high among lower-income families.
“This is the first national study to show that the prevalence of obesity and extreme obesity among young U.S. children may have begun to decline,” the researchers noted in a brief report published online December 25 in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. (Reports earlier this year suggested that childhood obesity rates were dropping in several U.S. cities.)
The study examined rates of obesity (body mass index calculated by age and gender to be in the 95th percentile or higher—for example, a BMI above 20 for a 2-year-old male—compared with reference growth charts) and extreme obesity (BMI of more than 120 percent above that of the 95th percentile of the reference populations) in children ages 2 to 4 in 30 states and the District of Columbia. The researchers, led by Liping Pan, of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, combed through 12 years of data (1998 to 2010) from the Pediatric Nutritional Surveillance System, which includes information on roughly half of all children on the U.S. who are eligible for federal health care and nutrition assistance.
A subtle but important shift in early childhood obesity rates in this low-income population seems to have begun in 2003.
- Michelle Obama takes credit for decline in childhood obesity that began a decade ago (twitchy.com)
- FLOTUS lunches, Schools lost $100k, Kids still Hungry (politisite.com)