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Study: Poor children on food assistance are getting thinner

This news story was published on November 23, 2019.
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Shocker: Poor children might have less food, therefore they are less obese.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a new study, 41 U.S. states and territories show significant declines in obesity among children, aged 2-4 years, from low-income families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) between 2010-2016, according to data published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

In 2009, WIC state agencies were required to implement redesigned WIC food packages to better align with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and infant feeding practice guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This change led to increased availability of healthier foods and beverages in authorized WIC stores and improved dietary quality among families who enrolled in WIC.

In addition to the food packages, WIC helps to establish successful long-term breastfeeding, provides participants with a wider variety of food, and offers WIC state agencies greater flexibility in prescribing food packages to adapt to participants with cultural food preferences.

Despite these recent declines in obesity among children enrolled in WIC, the prevalence remained high in most states in 2016.

“Improvements in national, state, and caregiver guidance around nutrition and physical activity may be contributing to this decline in childhood obesity,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D. “We are moving in the right direction and helping parents make healthy choices for their children is reducing the potential for complications posed by childhood obesity later in life.”

CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers analyzed obesity trends from 2010 to 2016 among young children, aged 2 to 4 years, from low-income families enrolled in WIC. Over 12.4 million children aged 2 to 4 years from 56 WIC state agencies and territories were included in the study.

Key findings:

In 2016, obesity prevalence among young children enrolled in WIC varied from 7.8% to 19.8%.
During 2010–2016, obesity decreased by more than 3% in seven WIC state and territorial agencies (New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah, Virginia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico).
Three state agencies showed significant increases in obesity: Alabama (0.5%), North Carolina (0.6%), and West Virginia (2.2%)
A previous study reported that 34 of 56 WIC state/territory agencies experienced decreases in obesity prevalence during 2010–2014.
“While we have seen some progress, obesity prevalence among young children remains too high,” said Dr. Ruth Petersen, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. “We must persist in our efforts to support healthy eating and physical activity for this positive trend to continue.”

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11 Responses to Study: Poor children on food assistance are getting thinner

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 26, 2019 at 9:08 am

    If the food assistance people aren’t happy about getting thinner on their hand-out from the working people, then let them get a job and buy their own, all they want , whatever they want. Those on charity should be glad for what they get.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 26, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      Lets find jobs for all those 3 and 4 year olds who get assistance. They could probably get jobs in Trump’s cabinet. Or being your boss.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 24, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Of course food assistance people are getting thinner. They don’t get the opportunity to eat all the junk food that people who have jobs and support themselves can afford. So the question is, do you want to be well off and fat, or poor and thin? Well, do ya, punk???? lol

  3. mint Reply Report comment

    November 24, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    in the 70’s you would be hard pressed to find obese people, it was rare – the reason a body is either to thin or obese is lack of “vitamins and minerals” from vegetables, fruits, whole grains –

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 25, 2019 at 1:39 am

      Another reason is: When kids went to play with their friends, it wasn’t on a game. They went outside and played. Wanted to talk to your friend, get on your bike and pedal your ass over to their house.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 24, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Chronic inflammation leads to disease.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 24, 2019 at 12:25 am

    High Fructose Corn Syrup is the culprit. It fattens up the kids as well as adults. Sodas and sugary treats are loaded with it. Obesity is inflammation of the body.