Monday, December 31, 2012

REPORT: Childhood Obesity Declines Even Further

First Lady Michelle Obama made it very clear that her platform would be childhood obesity, an epidemic that was spreading in the US at alarming rates.

Statistics show that as of 2010, 15% of American children were obese and 2% were morbidly obese (Click Here to learn more about calculating a child's BMI). Although this was a major drop from earlier numbers, there was still a lot that needed to be done.

CNN reports that recent studies in the Washington, DC area show a slight decrease in the amount of obese children between ages 2 and 4 in low income households.

In recent years health officials have become much stricter about what's on the menu of public school lunches. Also, celebrities such as Beyonce and chef Jamie Oliver have helped to inform the public about their options to stay healthy.

Beyonce's "Move Your Body" music video

"Food Revolution", a show where Jamie revamped the menu of public school lunches all over the US
However, the study does not pinpoint any particular cause for the decline. Regardless of how/why it happened, we're pleased to know that children are getting healthier!

We believe that Michelle Obama is the main reason for this success. There is NO other public figure that made this issue a major priority before! 

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