Obesity down in preschoolers, up in older women
A new report from the CDC has found that obesity rates have declined among children between ages two and five, but have increased significantly among women 60 and older.
Researchers analyzed data of 9,000 people in the U.S. of all ages. Between 2003 and 2013, they found that obesity rates among young children decreased by 43 percent. Obesity rates among older women, meanwhile, increased by approximately 21 percent. Overall, the obesity rate for all ages remained unchanged during the same period.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), was not able to determine reasons for the change in obesity rates among children and older women. Findings suggested that the drop in obesity among children could be due to less consumption of sugary drinks and improvements that have been made in nutrition and physical activity standards. That said, obesity rates for the whole U.S. population remain high. Last year, the CDC released research suggesting that only one in five American adults are getting enough exercise.