The report says the rate of obesity among children in the United States has not declined.
With hopes dashed this week, the United States has finally made progress in its fight against childhood obesity.
Contrary to previous reports, the prevalence of fat has not decreased. According to the latest federal data analysis, obesity rates in the nation’s youngest children have increased significantly, according to a study published in the journal pediatrics on Monday.
“For me, the main message is that obesity is still a problem,” said ASHLEY skinner, associate professor of population health services at duke university. “It hasn’t improved.”
Childhood obesity rates have been rising for decades, causing widespread concern among public health researchers and officials. Obese children tend to become obese adults, prone to many health problems, including cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
But the hope is that, a few years ago, the epidemic could be falling, at least in some parts of the country. Some researchers say efforts such as michelle Obama’s “let’s move” campaign may work.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case, as Skinner and his colleagues found when analyzing the latest national health and nutrition survey data from the federal centers for disease control and prevention. The NHANES survey is one of the federal government’s main measures for childhood obesity.
In addition, there was no statistical difference between 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 in the overall obesity rate – weakening the hope that obesity has begun to decline in recent years.
In fact, scientists say the number of obese children between the ages of two and five has increased significantly. In that age group, obesity increased from about 9 percent to nearly 14 percent.
“It’s a big jump,” Skinner said. “This is the highest level of obesity we’ve seen in the 2-5 age population since 1999.”
“Obesity in the youngest group is a concern because when obesity begins to become younger, most of these children continue to be obese throughout childhood and adulthood,” she said. The sooner you start to see this, the harder it is to solve it for these children. ”
“We know that the epidemic of childhood obesity – and has put money into research funding and public health at least 20 years, the issue” duke, an associate professor of pediatrics Sarah, said Dr Armstrong he help for analysis. “Even so, we don’t seem to have a big negative impact in this situation.”
“We need to redouble our efforts to figure out what works,” she said. “or the health of our next generation is really at risk.”
In an editorial in the study, Dr. David Ludwig of the Boston children’s hospital called for a more comprehensive national strategy to address the problem.
“We haven’t a real system in the whole society or a comprehensive approach to childhood obesity all drivers – poor diet, lack of physical activity and healthy food supply, this will encourage everyone to eat well,” Ludwig says. “We need a real national integrated strategy to address this epidemic.”
Analysis shows that Hispanic and African American children continue to be more obese than white children.
At Louisiana state university in the scientific community health director, Melinda Sothern believe that this trend could be the result of a “perfect storm” pressure, when the “lack of access to healthy food and access to outdoor activities,” can affect biology at the genetic level.