ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Obesity has declined among pre-schoolers according to a new government study and that has a St. Louis University pediatrician pleased.
The percentage of obese children – ages 2 to 5 – fell from 14% to 8% over the last decade.
This has been a huge problem for SLU Care pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller who says he has seen a lot of overweight kids come into his office over the past ten years and he says parents are partly to blame.
“I cannot ever remember seeing an obese child in my office whose parents were not also overweight. So this is really one of these things, a message for parents too: we all need to look at where we are with movement and diet and our children will imitate us,” says Haller.
This new report, however, found no decrease in the obesity rate for older children and adults.