WIC program showing decline in children's obesity statistics

Some good health news for the new year: the number of chubby babies and toddlers at risk for obesity later in their lives is declining nationally in the Women, Infants, and Children program.

We at the county Health Department are deeply gratified over this news as the department houses a WIC program that serves as a lead agency for Butte-Silver Bow and the surrounding region.

The study, published Dec. 13 in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, looked at children up to age 3 enrolled in WIC and showed a decline in the number of enrollees at risk for obesity, from almost 15 percent in 2010 to 12 percent in 2014. Results were best for infants ages 3 months to 5 months – only 8 percent were found to be at risk for obesity.

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