NYC Kids Are Shedding Pounds

By Todd Neale

NYC Children Shedding WeightNew York City’s efforts to fight fat among its youngest residents may be having an effect, according to new data from the city’s health department.

Over the last half-decade, the percentage of students in kindergarten through eighth grade classified as obese dropped from 21.9 percent to 20.7 percent, Magdalena Berger of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and colleagues reported.

The 5.5 percent relative decline is the largest recent reduction in pediatric obesity documented in a large city, the researchers noted in the Dec. 16 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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