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US Preschoolers Less Pudgy in Latest Sign of Falling Obesity

US Preschoolers Less Pudgy in Latest Sign of Falling Obesity Photo: WDIO/MGN

LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer
Created: June 18, 2019 01:42 PM

CHICAGO (AP) - A new study says preschoolers on U.S. government food aid have grown a little less pudgy.
    
The research offers fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates among these kids weren't a fluke.
    
Results were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
    
Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 from 16% in 2010. The improvement affected youngsters ages 2 through 4 who receive food vouchers and other services in the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.  About 1 in 5 U.S. kids that age were enrolled in 2016.
    
Researchers think changes in the nutrition program that emphasized healthier food options likely played a role.
 

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