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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 10, 2017

Modest Obesity Reduction In Low-Income Kids

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JAMA. 2017;317(2):128. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19382

A federal nutrition program has cut rising obesity rates among young low-income children, but a recent analysis shows they still lag far behind the national average for 2- to 5-year-olds.

In a recent study, researchers from the CDC and the US Department of Agriculture analyzed obesity trends among children in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which provides health and nutrition services for low-income mothers and children younger than 5 years. Children in the program often have nutritional risks, such as anemia or being underweight.