Obesity Prevalence Among Low-Income, Preschool-Aged Children--United States, 1998-2008

Sharma, A. J.; Grummer-Strawn, L. M.; Dalenius, K.; Galuska, D.; Anandappa, M.; Borland, E.; Mackintosh, H.; Smith, R.
January 2010
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;1/6/2010, Vol. 303 Issue 1, p28
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which examined trends and prevalence of childhood obesity from 1998 to 2008 using the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS). Findings of the survey revealed that obesity is prevalent among low-income, preschool-aged children, which increased steadily from 12.4% in 1998 to 14.5% in 2003. A random selection of one record per child per year was used by the CDC to estimate obesity prevalence in 1998, 2003 and 2008. Also noted are the limitations of the survey's findings.


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