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Childhood obesity eases in cities
 
A girl lifts weights during the 2010 Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children in Colorado.
A girl lifts weights during the 2010 Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children in Colorado.
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After rising for decades, childhood obesity rates inched down between 2007 and 2011 in several major U.S. cities, including New York and Los Angeles, according to a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The improvement was small — just 5.5 percent in New York and 3 percent in L.A. — but health experts said it was still significant, as it offered hope that the childhood obesity epidemic might finally be reversing course. "It's been nothing but bad news for 30 years," says New York City health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, "so the fact that we have any good news is a big story."

 

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