Declining: Childhood Obesity Rates: Where Are We Seeing Signs of Progress?
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a Health Policy Snapshot, Declining Childhood Obesity Rates: Where Are We Seeing Signs of Progress? Results of the report finds that the childhood obesity rate has leveled off yet still alarmingly high, compared to rates a generation ago. The obesity rate among children 2 to 5 has more than doubled, the obesity rate among children ages 6 to 11 has more than quadrupled, and obesity rates for adolescents 12 to 19 has more than tripled. The report also finds that childhood obesity disproportionately affects communities of color and in communities with high levels of poverty. Obesity in poverty stricken communities lack safe spaces for physical activity and lack access to healthy foods and beverages. Read more about childhood obesity.