KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Childhood obesity in Washington State and the nation may be on the decline.
A government report released Tuesday found a slight drop in obesity rates for low-income preschoolers in 18 states, including Washington.
Three states saw an increase.
Astrid Newell, Community Health Manager for the Whatcom County Health Department, says local schools and health care providers are getting better at teaching parents and children about nutrition and healthy living.
She says obese preschoolers are more likely to become overweight adults.
The childhood obesity report is based on the heights and weights of children in a federal food program.
Washington State’s preschooler obesity rate dropped from 14.4 percent down to 14 percent.
Nationwide, about 12 percent of low-income preschoolers are obese.