Obesity is growing at a fast pace in the U.S., especially among children. However, a new research suggests that obesity rates may actually be declining in pre-school age children living in low-income families.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says that 17 percent of all children in the U.S., or 12.5 million children and teens, in the country are affected by obesity. Obesity is a risk factor for many health complications that may last a lifetime.
"Obesity and extreme obesity in childhood, which are more prevalent among minority and low-income families, have been associated with other cardiovascular risk factors, increased health care costs, and premature death," wrote Liping Pan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues.
The data for the study came from Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System that includes almost 50 percent of children eligible for federally funded maternal and child health and nutrition programs.