Obesity rates drop for New York City schoolchildren

Dec. 16, 2011
Rate falls 5.5 percent over 5 years

From The New York Times: The number of obese New York City schoolchildren has fallen by 5.5 percent over five years, federal and city officials say, offering a glimmer of optimism about one of the country’s intractable health scourges. The decline, documented by annual fitness exams given to most of the city’s K-8 students, was the biggest reported by any large city. Over all, the rate of obesity dropped in New York City to 207 children per 1,000 in the 2010-11 school year, down from 219 five years earlier; that means that 20.7 percent were still considered obese.

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