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Comment & Response
June 13, 2017

Childhood and Adolescent Obesity as a Winnable Battle

Author Affiliations
  • 1Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2017;317(22):2336. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.5971

To the Editor Dr Frieden and colleagues1 asserted in their Viewpoint on the Winnable Battles initiative that “there has been no progress reducing childhood obesity.” This assertion was based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that indicate increases in the prevalence of obesity among 2- to 19-year-old children and adolescents.2 However, that same publication reported decreases in the prevalence of obesity among 2- to 5-year-old children and a plateau in the prevalence of obesity among 6- to 11-year-old children.2 The increases in the prevalence of obesity among 2- to 19-year-old children and adolescents appear attributable to increases among 12- to 19-year-old adolescents.2

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