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The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that "the obesity rate for low-income preschool-age children declined between 2008 and 2011 in 19 of 43 states and territories measured, federal data showed on Tuesday ... This followed a leveling off of childhood obesity rates in recent years, a generation after they began a climb to levels that alarmed pediatricians and public-health experts and prompted national campaigns to bring the rate down ... The decline was greatest in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the obesity rate in such children fell to 11% in 2011 from 13.6% in 2008. Drops of more than one percentage point were also seen in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Missouri, and South Dakota."

Public health officials say that while the movement is small and limited to young, low-income children, it suggests that the efforts focused on addressing childhood obesity may indeed be having an impact. "Small, but statistically significant," said one expert.
KC's View:
Good news. But public policy makers and private policy makers cannot rest on whatever laurels they think they have. Through better food in the schools, more physical education classes, greater transparency about nutritional issues and education of parents, this issue requires constant vigilance and attention.