Today, CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) features a study from the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on obesity rates among young children enrolled in WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children).
The good news is that 34 of 56 WIC state agencies reported modest decreases in obesity among young children from 2010 to 2014. And obesity among low-income children (ages 2-4 years) enrolled in WIC decreased from 15.9 percent in 2010 to 14.5 percent in 2014.
Other Key Findings:
- From 2000 to 2010, the percentage of obesity among 2-4 year olds increased from 14.0 percent to 15.9 percent, then dropped to 14.5 percent from 2010 to 2014.
- Obesity prevalence varied by state, ranging from 8.2 percent in Utah to 20.0 percent in Virginia.
- From 2010 to 2014, obesity prevalence decreased overall among all major ethnic groups.
- From 2000 to 2014, obesity prevalence decreased significantly among Asian/Pacific Islanders, from 13.9 percent to 11.1 percent.
- In 2014, obesity was higher among Hispanic children (17.3 percent) and American Indian/Alaskan Natives (18.0 percent) than among children who were non-Hispanic white (12.2 percent), non-Hispanic black (11.9 percent), or Asian/Pacific Islanders (11.1 percent).
The authors noted several factors that may have contributed to this drop in obesity among young children including USDA’s 2009 redesign of the WIC food packages, CDC’s Early Care and Education Childhood Obesity program, the Let’s Move! Initiative, and other national, state, and community efforts.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released a new data visualization showing how state-by-state obesity rates have changed among 2- to 4-year-old WIC participants since 2000 and a series of maps highlighting states’ efforts to help promote nutrition and physical activity in early child care settings. We have included sample social media for all of these below for your use!
Despite these improvements, obesity remains too high among young children living in low-income households. For this downward trend to continue, we must continue to accelerate obesity prevention programs at the national, state, and local levels. Thank you for all you are doing to make healthy living easier for all Americans.
Please share the following sample social media posts:
- From 2010-2014, 34 WIC state agencies saw a significant decrease in #obesity prevalence in low-income young children. Learn more.
- Despite improvements, obesity is still high in low-income 2-4 year olds. Learn more about CDC’s work to decrease #childhoodobesity.
- All major ethnic groups saw modest improvements in #obesity rates for WIC-enrolled young children –learn more here.
- #Childobesity ↓ in 31 states for kids ages 2-4 in the WIC program. What are the rates in your state? http://stateofobesity.org/wic
- New #SignsofProgress in 31 states for kids ages 2-4 in the WIC program. http://stateofobesity.org/wic/
- Find out how your state is doing when it comes to policies that influence kids’ health & weight http://stateofobesity.org/early-care/ #stateofobesity
- Learn which child care policies in your state help prevent #childobesity. http://stateofobesity.org/early-care/
- Childhood obesity can lead to serious health problems later in life. A new CDC #MMWR found that childhood obesity rates are on the decline! From 2010-2014, 34 WIC state agencies saw a modest drop in obesity prevalence in low-income young children. What do you think about this?
- Despite recent improvements, obesity is still high in low-income 2-4 year olds. A new #MMWR shows that obesity prevalence lowered from 2010 to 2014 –but there’s still more work to do! Learn more about CDC’s work to decrease childhood obesity.
- Obesity rates among low-income young children decreased in all major racial and ethnic groups! Even so, some populations are more affected than others. A new #MMWR has more info.
- A new #MMWR shows that obesity prevalence in low-income 2-5 year olds is on the decline. Community, state, national, and federal efforts have worked together to make this happen. Learn more about this important work.
- Did you know that parks, schools, and child care centers are all important in the fight to decrease childhood obesity? A new #MMWR shows that obesity prevalence in low-income young children went down from 2010 to 2014. Learn more about how communities can help and continue this progress!