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Childhood Obesity In U.S. No Longer Increasing

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Today JAMA publishes an article entitled "High Body Mass Index for Age Among US Children and Adolescents, 2003-2006" by Cynthia L. Ogden, Margaret D. Carroll and Katherine M. Flegal from CDC discussing the rate of childhood obesity among U.S. children.

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The study is based on height and weight measurements obtained from 8,165 children and adolescents as part of the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

There was no significant increase in the prevalence of obese children and teens in the U.S. between 1999 and 2006. This is in contrast to the increase that has been reported in prior years. This is amazingly good news - and also about time !