New Study Shows Obesity Rates Dropping Among Preschoolers

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WESTERN NEW YORK – A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control says preschoolers are getting leaner.

The study released this week said the obesity rate fell from 16 percent in 2010 to 14 percent in 2016.

Researchers studied children across all races who were two-to-four years old and receiving government food aid. The decline follows an upward trend that persisted from two-thousand to 2000.

It’s unclear what caused the shift. Possibilities include the government’s nutrition plan adding more fruits and vegetables, reducing juice allowances, and switching from high fat to low fat milk.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 15 percent of all U.S. Children two to five years old were obese in 2016. Health officials said obesity puts children at risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

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