Fewer K-8 students in NYC are obese, report finds

01/25/2012 | Education Week

The obesity rate among kindergarten to eighth-grade public school students in New York City fell from 21.9% in 2006-07 to 20.7% in 2010-11 -- a 5.5% decline. While the city adopted programs from 2003 to 2009 aimed at reducing childhood obesity, the authors of the report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, do not link the interventions to the decline. Instead, they say "the trend toward reduced prevalence of obesity is encouraging."

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