The new study, published Monday in the journal Obesity, dims optimism prompted by research published two years ago, when a similar population-wide study found a large drop in obesity rates among toddlers (ages 2 to 5). The decline was hailed as the possible leading edge of a reversal in U.S. child obesity—a positive response to public health initiatives aimed at driving down the nation's girth.
The authors of the current study, researchers at Duke University, University of North Carolina and Wake Forest University, dashed even that small glimmer of hope. The reported decline, they wrote, “is not evident in our results, for girls or boys.”
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