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Obesity rate drops 43% in young US children

Published on Feb 26, 2014 7:29 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - While many Americans struggle with extra weight, the obesity rate among United States (US) pre-schoolers has dropped by nearly half in recent years, according to figures out on Tuesday.

Just 8 per cent of children aged two to five were obese in 2011-2012, down from 14 per cent in 2003-2004, according to findings from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"We continue to see signs that, for some children in this country, the scales are tipping," said the CDC's Tom Frieden.

He highlighted that the study comes on the heels of previously-released CDC data showing a "significant decline" in obesity among low-income children aged two to four participating in federal nutrition programmes.

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