Obesity rate among preschool-age children
from poor families shows a falling trend. This is in contrast to the scenario
that existed in the past.
With the steep rise in the rates of obesity
among children in the past few years, more and more studies are being done as
an attempt to shed more light over this concerning issue.
Sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits and genetic factors are thought
to play an important role in the occurrence of obesity, while among children,
certain other environmental factors such as peer pressure (leading to stress
eating), lactating and pregnant mother's diet, etc, tend to impact the child's
likelihood of getting obese.
To identify even further how certain environments and exposures could
make children more likely to suffer from obesity, federal researchers have now
put forth a new evidence, which clearly links being in a high-income family to
the risk of suffering from obesity
According to the federal health officials, the rate of obesity in
pre-school children coming from poor families in 19 different regions fell to a
noticeable level. Even after decades of constant rise in the rates of childhood
obesity, a consistent pattern of decline is seen in children belonging to lower
In contrast, earlier statistics revealed a much higher prevalence of childhood obesity
in children belonging to poor families; but now, the trend seems to be
"We've seen isolated reports in the past that have had encouraging
trends, but this is the first report to show declining rates of obesity in our
youngest children," Dr Thomas Frieden, the director of Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, who prepared the report, explained. "We are going in
the right direction for the first time in a generation."
While the actual cause behind this sudden shift of trend is yet to be
known, researchers speculate that several factors including an increase in breastfeeding
decline in the consumption of sugary drinks and better diets in children and
mothers may be linked to this decline in childhood obesity
Some other revolutionary attempts done by several organizations;
Michelle Obama's attempt to change eating and exercise habits in young children
in 10,000 child care centers across the country, may also have bought about a
public awareness and thus a decline in childhood obesity rates.
Though this doesn't imply that being poor could
help kids shed weight, but it does teach us an important lesson about how
access to everything without limits could increase the risk of obesity, and
many other health conditions that go hand in hand with it.