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Comment & Response
November 5, 2019

Trends in Obesity Among Low-Income Young Children

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine IV, University Hospital Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
  • 2Department of Molecular Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke, Nuthetal, Germany
JAMA. 2019;322(17):1713-1714. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.14220

To the Editor Using data from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Dr Pan and colleagues1 found that in low-income children aged 2 through 4 years, obesity declined from 15.9% to 13.9% between 2010 and 2016. These data are important because they suggest that, compared with the period between 1970 and 2010 during which the prevalence of childhood obesity increased in the US population,2 after 2010 there was a decrease in adiposity among low-income young children.

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