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Prevalence of Severe Obesity in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program

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download.jpgA recent study indicates progress in reducing the prevalence of severe obesity among children aged 2-4 years enrolled in a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program in the United States.

The researchers conducted a cross-sectional study of 22.6 million children enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children between 2000 and 2014. Results showed that the overall adjusted prevalence of severe obesity increased during 2000 to 2004, decreased slightly during 2004 to 2010, and decreased further during 2010 to 2014.

Ongoing surveillance that monitors severe obesity and related behavioral risk factors can help determine whether the downward trends in severe obesity are continuing in all groups and whether racial/ethnic gaps in prevalence are narrowing.

Pan et al., JAMA Pediatrics, 2018

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