Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New CDC study reports decrease in obesity rates among low income preschoolers


A new CDC study shows a decrease in early childhood obesity in 19 states. While the report shows Colorado with a slight increase among low income 2-4 year old children to 10.0 percent in 2011, the state remains one of the lowest in the nation, and the prevalence has been fairly stable over time. In fact, 2012 data for Colorado show a prevalence of 8.4 percent
The following table describes the prevalence since 2005:

Year
% of Obese Low Income Children, Ages 2-4 Years
2005
9.7%
2006
9.6%
2007
9.7%
2008
9.4%
2009
9.0%
2010
9.1%
2011
10.0%
2012
8.4%
2005-2011: Colorado WIC Data analyzed by the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System.
2012: Colorado WIC data analyzed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Children are five times more likely to be obese as an adult if they are overweight or obese between the ages of 3 and 5 years. Obesity in early childhood increases the risk of high cholesterol, high blood sugar, asthma and mental health problems later in childhood and adolescence.

Colorado has identified obesity as one of 10 Winnable Battles and CDPHE’s Maternal and Child Health Program  designated early childhood obesity prevention as one of its top priorities. The health department has combined Colorado WIC, Maternal and Child Health and CDC funds to establish an early childhood obesity prevention unit dedicated to implementing evidence based, multi-sector approaches addressing critical phases of the life course in Colorado. 

The department is working with public and private partners across Colorado to implement these strategies and more: 
  • Support healthy lifestyles among pregnant women and families receiving WIC benefits
  • Improve nutrition and physical activity in early care and education settings
  • Promote consistent messaging throughout communities
  • Increase access to healthy foods
  • Create environments supportive of breastfeeding and wellness in workplaces and hospitals

To learn more:
Colorado Springs Gazette "The Interns" Blog

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