Your Healthy Family

Feb 26, 2014 7:23 PM by Annie Snead

Your Healthy Family: Toddler Obesity

A new study suggests obesity is declining in toddlers.
The government study found obesity in kids ages two to five has dropped to 8 percent.
That's from 14 percent a decade ago.
The decline is only seen in pre-schoolers, not in older children.
Pre-schoolers who are overweight or obese are five times more likely than other children to be heavy as adults.
Which means a greater risk of high cholesterol and asthma.
Dr. Steven Foley with Comprehensive Medical Weight Loss in Colorado Springs says while exercise is obviously good, more importantly for kids is their nutrition.
"I think the focus for toddlers and for kids really should be their diet, getting sugar stuff away from them. Because if they have an opportunity to eat sugar they're going to eat it; that's the way we're all made but especially kids," said Dr. Steven Foley.
He adds obesity has not been as big of a problem in Colorado but that's partly skewed because our state attracts people who are athletic.
Researchers say young kids are just a small part of the population.
Overall numbers of obesity have not changed.


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