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
Dietz WH. Childhood and Adolescent Obesity as a Winnable Battle. JAMA. 2017;317(22):2336. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.5971
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