Obesity Growing Among Some Tennessee Preschoolers

Aug 7, 2013

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows obesity is growing among young children in Tennessee.

Tennessee was one of only three states with statistically significant increases in the percentage of obese children ages 2 to 4 in low-income families:  from 13.5% in 2008 to 14.2% in 2011.

The other two states were Colorado, with 10% in 2011, and Pennsylvania, with 12.2%.

The CDC report shows that nationwide, about one in eight preschoolers is obese. The report also says drinks for young children should be water or low-fat milk (not chocolate milk) and preschoolers should have at least 10 minutes of physical activity an hour.

The report also urges families to seek medical counseling.