New Study Shows Childhood Obesity Rates Have Leveled Off

CHATTANOOGA,TN, (WDEF)-It took a decade of scientific research involving more than 12,000 children but the University of Minnesota can now confirm our children are not getting fatter.

18% of children in the US are obese but this is the same amount as back in  2003 after figures rose for more than 3 decades.

Chattanooga medical professionals say it starts in the home in order to cut childhood obesity right here in East Tennessee.

"First of all they need to look at what they eat, its not just the child’s problems it’s the entire family"

Dr Kohrt says nutritional education, family meal planning and firmer parental action can all help the curve drop rather than plateau for years to come.

"Tennessee still has a significant problem, as does Hamilton County with childhood obesity"

A Chattanooga nutrition expert says children have chosen to take action themselves  as they become more aware and concerned for their own health.

Pamela Kelle, "Children come into my office with their parents to talk about weight issues, in the past they really didn’t do all that, i do see a little bit more responsibility and maybe guilt coming from parents"

A local fitness complex says one of their biggest client bases is now obese children who are afraid to use a school or neighborhood gym.

Kevin Harvey, Scenic City Bootcamp,"Particular niche, I think they are the ones who are undeserved in our market, the ones that are the athletes you know they are going to different gyms, the kids who come here the ones who wouldn’t be comfortable coming to a gym such as that"

The study looked at abdominally obese children between 6 and 18 years and was published in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

     The study also found there was a major decrease in obesity levels among children between 2 and 5 years old.

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