Number of Obese Kids in NY Drop, Study Reveals

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Obesity is a number two killer, next only to smoking. It can be avoidable, though and that’s exactly what seems to be happening with the kids in the New York City. New York City officials state that the number of obese kids in the state of New York have come down over the last few years.

In the year 1996, 20% of 3rd grade New York Public and private schools were obese. By 6th grade, another 20% add up the numbers. In the year 2003, a shocking 43% of the city’s public school students were overweight while 24% were obese.

With the recently updated city data, across the public schools up to grade 8, the blacks, Hispanic, Asia-pacific Islanders, and whites have seen a decrease of 1.9%, 3.4%, 7.6%, and 12.5% respectively.

It seems that the public awareness campaigns are starting to pay off. Speaking of efforts to curb obesity, the city saw a lot of action: according to the American Community Survey, over 900,000 children attended school which helped the New York City Department of Education to obtain the MBI (Body Mass Index) of these children. These children are then provided with an annual assessment.

This retraction, apparently, is the biggest documented one in history, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While New York City seems to be cheering at this obvious good news, the rest of the states are still reeling under the curse of obesity.

All around the world, the obesity rates are climbing. France is seeing at least 18% obesity levels and there are over 22 million children, younger than 5 years old, around the world proclaimed obese.

Obesity is such a killer since it develops other conditions more or less eventually. Obese children are reported to suffer respiratory, metabolic and heart related problems more easily than the non-obese. The relation between debilitating health conditions with proportionality of waist size is very well documented.

Better health campaigns, efforts starting from home with the help of parents, involvement of schools, are all needed to fight obesity. Will the other states in the U.S and in the world follow New York City’s example?

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