For the sake of our children’s health, effort needed

There is heartening news in health care about childhood obesity. New York is among several states where rates of obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds have declined. Across the age span, it seems that the skyrocketing rate of pediatric obesity has at least leveled off.

The State of Obesity website reports that obesity rates in New York toddlers dropped from 14.8 percent to 13.2 percent between 2008-2011. This small, yet significant decrease, particularly in children from low-income families, is a hopeful sign that statewide efforts to improve nutrition options for young children can be successful.

Despite some positive signs of improvement, however, up to 20 percent of children in this country are too fat. To improve the health of these children, we as a larger community, have to continue to invest the resources needed to change this trajectory.

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