Study Shows Recent Decline in Childhood Obesity

Childhood ObesityA recent study shows that obesity rates are on the decline in children ages two to five years old. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), were announced on the heels of many healthy kid movements nationwide, including First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative.

Obesity rates among children are of particular concern, because research has shown that lifetime obesity risks are established in children by age five. That's why it is more important than ever to make sure your child is eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise. Children who follow these guidelines perform better academically, feel better about themselves and handle stress and emotions better. Physically, they are also at a lower risk for cavities, eating disorders, unhealthy weight control behaviors and malnutrition, and have lower risks for chronic illnesses later on in life. Children are still developing both their minds and bodies, and through healthy eating and regular exercise, you can help make sure your child is getting the nutrients and activity their body needs.

Before changing your child's diet or exercise habits, make sure to contact your child's pediatrician to find out what is right for them. For help finding a physician, call 859.258.4DOC (4362).