Reversing a 30 Year Trend?
Childhood obesity rates are on the decline in some US cities, finds a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, perhaps signaling a trend that the obesity epidemic may be reversing course. NYC reported a drop of 5.5% in the number of obese schoolchildren from 2007-2011. Philadelphia reported a 5% drop and LA is down 3%. Researchers are not sure what’s behind the declines, the first in 30 years. Obesity is now part of a national conversation but researchers, many of whom doubt that anti-obesity programs work, say it will take a broad set of policies applied systematically to effectively reverse childhood obesity. Philadelphia, for example, has reduced or eliminated sugary drinks from school vending machines, replaced whole milk with 1% or skim and reduced serving sizes of snack foods.