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Childhood Obesity Levels Off Once Kids Hit California Schools, UC Davis Finds

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 5, 2012

Dr. William Bommer of UC Davis says the data show obesity levels-off once a child enters school in California.

And he attributes that at least in part to school standards for nutrition and exercise.

BOMMER: "For the first time we see a turning point that instead of increasing each year, we've been able to at least stop the increase in obesity."

Bommer looked at data for over 6 million school children from 2003 to 2008.

He says more progress in the fight against obesity should focus on pre-schoolers.

BOMMER: "There is front loading of this. That is, the kids before they get into our school program are become more obese each year." 

Bommer adds childhood obesity is a hard condition to reverse, and leads to a range of chronic diseases later in life.
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