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Report: Childhood obesity rates fell in 18 states

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say they have the first evidence of a national decline in childhood obesity.

A government report released Tuesday found at least slight declines in obesity rates for low-income preschoolers in 18 states. Rates went up in three states.

The report is based on the heights and weights of children in a federal food program.

Previous research suggested national childhood obesity rates were flat, though some cities have reported improvements. Nationwide, about 12% of boys and girls are obese.

The report didn't answer why some states improved while most others held steady. Experts credit policies that promote breast-feeding and healthier eating.

Overweight or obese preschoolers are five times more likely than other children to be heavy adults.

READ MORE | CDC report

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