The fight against childhood obesity is starting to show some progress, according to the CDC, and Georgia is among the states showing the most promise in those efforts.
In all, nineteen states and territories reported decreases in obesity among low-income preschoolers.
Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, South Dakota and the U.S. Virgin Islands saw at least a 1-percentage point decrease in their rate of obesity.
Twenty states and Puerto Rico held steady at their current rate, and obesity increased slightly in three states.
"Although obesity remains epidemic, the tide has begun to turn for some kids in some states. While the changes are small, for the first time in a generation they are going in the right direction. Obesity in early childhood increases the risk of serious health problems for life," said Tom Frieden, MD, MPH - Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC is encouraging state and local officials to step up efforts to drive down rates of childhood obesity.
"Many of the states in which we're seeing declines have taken action to incorporate healthy eating and active living into children's lives. We must continue to strengthen and expand proven strategies that help our children live healthier lives by avoiding obesity in the first place," said Janet L. Collins, PhD - Director of CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity.
The CDC notes that 1 in 8 preschoolers is obese in the U.S.
Children are five times more likely to be obese as an adult if they are overweight or obese between the ages of three and five years.
Obesity in early childhood increases the risk of high cholesterol, high blood sugar, asthma and mental health problems later in childhood and adolescence.
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