Childhood obesity rates drop nationally, rise in Tennessee

Childhood obesity rates drop nationally, rise in Tennessee

Posted: Updated: Aug 7, 2013 09:52 AM
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Tennessee's childhood obesity rate has significantly increased.

According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to half of the 43 states and territories studied showed a decline in childhood obesity.

Another 21 regions showed no statistically significant change, while Colorado, Pennsylvania and Tennessee all showed an increase.

The CDC states that childhood obesity affects 12%, or one in eight, preschoolers in the United States.

Tennessee's rate of childhood obesity is 14.5%.

Those children are five times as likely as normal-weight children to be overweight or obese as adults, which can lead to lifelong physical and mental health issues.

To view the report titled "Progress on Childhood Obesity," click here.

To view Tennessee's state-specific profile regarding obesity, click here.

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