Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, responds to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association that shows a 43 percent decrease in early childhood obesity.
“This is great news. We finally are turning the corner on the obesity epidemic that has spread across our country – to even our youngest citizens. We know that obese children often turn into obese adults. Through comprehensive, evidence-based childhood obesity prevention efforts, health professionals, experts and advocates are working hard to save the next generation from a life of obesity and chronic disease.”
“In Colorado, early childhood obesity prevalence has remained fairly stable over the past decade. In 2012, 8.4 percent of children ages 2-4 years were obese and 14.5 percent were overweight. The health department recognizes childhood obesity as a serious public health threat. We are working with schools, child care centers, health care providers, public health programs, community groups and families to increase physical activity and improve nutrition for expectant mothers, infants and young children.”