ATLANTA — Eighteen states saw at least a slight drop in childhood obesity rates, however North Carolina was not one of the states, according to the Associated Press.
According to the report, in 18 states, there were at least slight drops in obesity for low-income preschoolers, health officials said Tuesday.
The biggest declines were in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey and South Dakota. Each saw their obesity numbers fall at least 1 percentage point.
Other states showing improvement: California, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Washington. A substantial decline was also seen in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
While there has been a drop in some places, one in 8 preschoolers is obese in the United States, and it’s even more common in black and Hispanic kids.
Obesity continues to be one of the nation’s leading public health problems — health officials call it a longstanding epidemic. A third of U.S. children and teens and more than two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight.
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