Childhood obesity is decreasing in younger children for the first time in eight years. That is according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Among 2-5 years old, obesity has declined based on CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.”
According to USAToday.com, preschool aged kids appear to be on a healthier track. “While obesity rates for most Americans haven't changed significantly over the past decade, among kid’s ages 2 to 5 the obesity rate dropped from 14% in 2003-2004 to just over 8% in 2011-2012.”
Sesame Street characters along with First Lady, Michelle Obama have joined forces with public service announcements as part of the government’s efforts to get kids moving. So, just how far are the nation’s kids moving in the right direction? Some skeptics say there is nothing being done for the older kids.
David Ludwig of Boston Children's Hospital, told USAToday.com that obesity "remains at historic highs.” He went on to say, “today's kids could be the first generation in history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents."
As a health and fitness expert, I’ve noticed a trend toward healthier food options become more readily available throughout the last decade. For example, there have been many more specialty and healthy grocery stores popping up all over the nation.
If we segment age groups we can see that throughout these older adolescents’ lives, the food trends as well as the educational trends are finally moving towards a healthier future.
The older kids did not have as much of an option when they were younger and establishing their eating habits. But when working with parents, it has been evident to me that they are more educated with media coverage leading them down a healthier path as well.
They are now more informed about the types of foods and are trying to steer away from junk and more toward less processed foods.
There has also been an initiative in school lunches to be healthier.