188297063 8f0ec03a2c mThe Washington Post offered encouraging news about the health of toddlers in "Obesity rates decline among low-income preschoolers after rising for decades." The article used findings from a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC research recorded a decrease 19 states and U.S. territories in which fewer children between ages 2 and 4 were found to be obese. (There was no noted change in the state of Ohio, however, it is good that there also was no increase in obesity in young children in our state.) While childhood obesity is still an issue in our country and the article warns that in some cases the effects or early childhood obesity aren't really seen until a child is about 10, it is good to see that trend of increasing child childhood obesity has been reduced in some states.

According to the CDC there were "three broad trends" that contributed to the reversals in childhood obesity: more families and children consuming higher amounts of fruits and vegetables because of changes in the offerings of federally funded program; a rise in the number of mothers who breastfeed; and "greater public awareness of health and fitness programs."

Overall it was found that increasing awareness did make a difference. When the importance of nutrition and exercise is emphasized, families do try to make changes. And even little ones will do their part to eat right and move around.

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