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Childhood obesity shows decline in preschool-aged children

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Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in the U.S., but there's a sign that it may be on the decline.
A government study has found that obesity among children ages two to five has dropped 6% percent from a decade ago.

The report found that 8% percent of preschool-aged children are obese, compared to 14% percent in 2004.

The findings were published in The Journal of The American Medical Association.

Regional West Pediatrician Dr. Cynthia Guerue says childhood obesity is a major concern, because kids that are overweight are often plagued with adult problems.

"The reason that this is such an issue is that we are seeing young children and adolescents with more common adult problems, seeing things such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, kidney problems, so any problem that an adult can have, we are seeing now trending in kids."

Dr. Guerue says a lot of those adult-type problems in overweight children can be reversed if enough weigh is lost.

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