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Contradicting Previous Announcements That Obesity Among Kindergarteners Is Declining, New Research Shows Severe Obesity Is on the Rise

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  • In February, a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared that obesity rates among two- to five-year olds declined by 43 percent between 2003 and 2012
  • A new study, looking at the same data but starting in 1999, shows a very different picture. Over the past 14 years, severe obesity among children has actually increased
  • As of 2011, just over 17 percent of American children between the ages of two and 19 were obese. Nearly six percent of youths meet criteria for class 2 obesity (BMI of 35)
  • The American diet is primarily to blame for our expanding waist lines and declining health. It contains the same “nutritional balance” used for decades to purposefully fatten up livestock
  • Dietary factors that have probably done the greatest amount of damage include trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, growth-promoting drugs in food animals, and agricultural chemicals

By Dr. Mercola

As recently as February, a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in JAMA declared that obesity rates among two- to five-year olds declined by 43 percent in the past decade, dropping from 14 percent in 2003 to eight percent in 2012.


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