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Vital Signs: Obesity Among Low-Income, Preschool-Aged Children — United States, 2008–2011


The prevalence of obesity remains high among all youths, including preschool-aged children. However, no statistically significant increase has been observed since 1999–2000. This report used data from 11.6 million low-income children aged 2–4 years to examine trends in obesity prevalence among 40 states, the District of Columbia,and two territories. Small but significant declines in obesity among low-income preschoolers were observed in 19 of the 43 states/territories.

Primary Toolkit:

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

Healthy Communities,CDC Winnable Battles

Keyword Area:

Chronic Disease, Nutrition, Obesity


Institutional Author:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




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