A bit of encouraging news from California where investigators showed a small drop in the prevalence of childhood obesity from 2008 to 2013 (C Koebnick et al. J Pediatr 2015; 167: 1264-71). Using a population-based cohort of ~1.3 million patients, the authors found the following:
- Obesity prevalence decreased from 19.1% (2008) to 17.5% (2013). This was observed across all ages, sexes, races, and socioeconomic groups but with variability.
- Younger children had a greater decline in obesity prevalence compared with adolescents: ages 2-5 years: -15.4% decline, ages 6-11 years: -11,8% decline and in 12-19 years: -4.5%.
My take: This is a good indication that increased awareness of the obesity epidemic may be leading to some improvement.
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