A recent article by Dr. William H. Dietz, the director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, and Dr. Christina Economos, of Tufts University, explores the progress made in the nation’s fight against the childhood obesity epidemic. The article, “Progress in the Control of Childhood Obesity,” was published online February 9 in the journal Pediatrics.
The authors point out that after a consistent increase starting in 1980, the prevalence of obesity in 2 to 5 year olds has started to level off. Researchers have yet to pinpoint the underlying reason for the progress in young children but the authors highlight some trends, like decreased consumption of sugar drinks and fast food, which might be helping in the battle against unhealthy weight gain. The recent drop in consumption of such products suggests that the public health message is starting to sink in.
Dr. Dietz and Dr. Economos say that if such trends continue the nation might see additional declines in obesity among older children and teens. Read more about the article.