Study shows dramatic decrease in obesity in kids ages 2-5 - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Study shows dramatic decrease in obesity in kids ages 2-5

Posted:

A promising sign in the fight against childhood obesity. A study focused on young kids suggests we're making significant progress.

The report, using federal data, shows the obesity rate for kids ages 2-5 years-old dropped 43% from nearly 14% to 8% over the past decade.

That's encouraging news for parents and the owner of Fun-N-Fitness gymnastics in Mishawaka, Barb Krizman. She says getting kids moving at a young age is key. "If you start them young and you get them going, it just becomes part of their lifestyle."

Parent Amy Gaynor says, "I think it's great. I think we're doing a good job as parents and modeling better food choices and eating habits and hopefully modeling some better exercise regimes."

Health officials are also encouraged by the drop, as pre-schoolers who are overweight or obese are five times more likely than other children to be heavy as adults. That means a greater risk of high cholesterol, high blood sugar, asthma, and even mental illness.

Experts though, not exactly sure what's behind the dramatic decrease, but they have some ideas.

"There's increased attention to childhood nutrition. There's increasing breast-feeding rates. Child cares are doing more physical activity," says Director of the CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden.

Parents say, making sure their kids are healthy isn't exactly easy. "It's expensive to buy produce and it's expensive to buy fresh fruit and other food. So it's nice to know, at least in that lower age bracket, some things are changing," says parent Kara Kane.

However, according to the study, obesity rates for older kids have stayed the same.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Elkhart City Council votes not to annex area 10 while other areas pass with little or no opposition

    Elkhart City Council votes not to annex area 10 while other areas pass with little or no opposition

    The Elkhart City Council met to vote on the annexation of six areas in Elkhart County in front of a crowded Council Chambers. The areas being voted on were Toledo Road and County Road 13, Beck Drive and County Road 17, State Road 19 and County Road 4, County Road 6 and County Road 7, 54230 County Road 5 and the controversial Toledo Road and County Road 17 area.More >>
    The Elkhart City Council met to vote on the annexation of six areas in Elkhart County in front of a crowded Council Chambers. The areas being voted on were Toledo Road and County Road 13, Beck Drive and County Road 17, State Road 19 and County Road 4, County Road 6 and County Road 7, 54230 County Road 5 and the controversial Toledo Road and County Road 17 area.
    More >>
  • Mishawaka Police warn you should check your bank accounts

    Mishawaka Police warn you should check your bank accounts

    The Mishawaka Police Department is warning people to check their bank accounts. Police say between Friday July 18th and Monday July 21st, "unknown suspects have been purchasing merchandise in large quantities at popular local businesses in the Grape Road and Main Street area." Police say you should check with your bank to make sure your accounts have not been compromised.More >>
    The Mishawaka Police Department is warning people to check their bank accounts. Police say between Friday July 18th and Monday July 21st, "unknown suspects have been purchasing merchandise in large quantities at popular local businesses in the Grape Road and Main Street area." Police say you should check with your bank to make sure your accounts have not been compromised.
    More >>
  • Fatal motorcycle accident on US 20 in Elkhart

    Fatal motorcycle accident on US 20 in Elkhart

    A 42 year old Elkhart man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle accident Sunday just before 11 AM. The motorcycle driver was driving his Harley Davidson eastbound on US 20, when he crossed the center line near CO RD 13. He collided with a vehicle traveling west.Police reports say witnesses suggested the man may have been driving around 70-80 miles per hour. He was found not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car had only minor scrapes as injuries. The Elkhart County Crash Investig...More >>
    A 42 year old Elkhart man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle accident Sunday just before 11 AM. The motorcycle driver was driving his Harley Davidson eastbound on US 20, when he crossed the center line near CO RD 13. He collided with a vehicle traveling west.Police reports say witnesses suggested the man may have been driving around 70-80 miles per hour. He was found not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car had only minor scrapes as injuries. The Elkhart County Crash Investig...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.