A Nebraska City Among Those to See Declines in Child Obesity
Going against a decades-long trend, childhood obesity rates are declining in several American cities, according to a new study, and a Nebraska city is among those combating the epidemic.
Several big cities saw falling rates. New York City had a 5.5 percent decline in the number of obese schoolchildren from 2007 to 2011, and Philadelphia saw a five percent decline, leaving Los Angeles not far behind with a decline of three percent, The New York Times reported.
Smaller cities are also seeing declines.
Kearney is among those smaller cities, in the company of others such as Anchorage, Alaska.
There was also a drop among white students in Mississippi, according to the report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The reason for the decline in certain cities is not apparent but researchers think it might be an early sign of a national shift that's apparent only in cities that routinely measure the height and weight of schoolchildren, The Times reported.
"It's been nothing but bad news for 30 years, so the fact that we have any good news is a big story," said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City's health commissioner.