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Childhood Obesity Rates Leveling Off


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There was no significant increase in obesity in U.S. children and teens between 1999 and 2006, in contrast to the increase in obesity rates that had been reported in prior years, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers obtained height and weight measurements from 8,165 children and teens as part of the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination surveys, which represent kids from across the U.S.

This is good news, of course. But we still can do much more toward improving kids' diets and encouraging them to get off the couch. As another school year starts, we can teach our kids to pack healthy school lunches or choose lower-fat options at the school cafeteria. We can encourage their participation in sports and other physical activities. And we can set a good example, on these lovely September evenings, with a family walk or a bike ride after dinner.

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