Posted: Dec 27, 2012 9:16 AM by NBC News
The number of obese toddlers from poor families went down in 2010; something experts call a promising trend.
The new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the number of poor, obese two to four-year-olds went from just over 15% in 2003, to under 14% in 2010.
The decline is not large, but researchers say it is a move in the right direction. Before 2003, obesity rates had been increasing among these children.
The data are based on the medical charts of children who participate in the Women, Infant and Children federal program.
Experts say an increase in breastfeeding, and decrease in food marketing to young children, may be behind the drop in obesity.
Poor children are at a disproportionately higher risk for obesity. 20% of poor children are obese, compared to 12% of children from more affluent families.
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