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Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% over Last 10 Years

Federal health authorities last week reported the stunning drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children, the first broad decline in the epidemic. The decrease emerged from a major federal health survey that experts say is the gold standard for evidence on what Americans weigh. The trend came as a welcome surprise to researchers: recent new evidence shows that obesity takes hold young. Children who are overweight or obese between age 3 and 5 are five times as likely to be overweight or obese as adults. JAMA 2/26/2014