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Obesity Rates on the Rise

Despite continued efforts to improve child health and nutrition, an article published in Pediatrics looked at data from 1999-2016 and found that we still have work to do. Researchers wanted to update our understanding of childhood obesity rates among children aged 2-19 across the U.S. The results not only show that obesity rates are still on the rise, but also that racial identification is a significant predictor of obesity. While obesity rates are increasing for all children, this research showed a sharp increase in preschool-aged children and that White and Asian American children have significantly lower rates of obesity than African American and Hispanic children or children of other races.

For in-depth coverage, read the original article in full below.

For an overview and media coverage of this article, read an NPR news piece published in February here.

Obesity Rates on the Rise

Despite continued efforts to improve child health and nutrition, an article published in Pediatrics looked at data from 1999-2016 and found that we still have work to do. Researchers wanted to update our understanding of childhood obesity rates among children aged 2-19 across the U.S. The results not only show that obesity rates are still on the rise, but also that racial identification is a significant predictor of obesity. While obesity rates are increasing for all children, this research showed a sharp increase in preschool-aged children and that White and Asian American children have significantly lower rates of obesity than African American and Hispanic children or children of other races.

For in-depth coverage, read the original article in full below.

For an overview and media coverage of this article, read an NPR news piece published in February here.

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