The prevalence of obesity among preschoolers across the nation has doubled in recent decades, according the Centers for Disease Control. But, there’s been a downward trend in obesity prevalence among low-income preschoolers in 18 states between 2008 and 2011.
Wisconsin was among 20 states that did not reduce its percentages of obese pre-schoolers since the last such survey in 2006, with about one of every seven considered obese in 2011. Three states show an increase in obesity prevalence.
Health officials say that if the trend continues, the new generation of children will have lower life expectancy rates than their parents. The CDC report looked at kids age 2-to-4 in federal nutrition programs for the poor.