Big Babies On The Decline?

CHICAGO (AP) – Chubby babies may be on the decline.

A study looked at children ages 2 and younger who were enrolled in a government nutrition assistance program for low-income women and children. Half of all U.S. infants up to 12 months old are enrolled in the program.

Researchers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the rate of youngsters at risk for obesity fell during the study, from almost 15 percent in 2010 to 12 percent overall in 2014.

The rate declined in all ages studied. It was lowest – about 8 percent in 2014 – for the youngest infants, from 3 to 5 months, versus almost 15 percent among toddlers.

Lead author of the study, David Freedman, says the numbers are unexpected, given rising rates earlier in the decade. But whether the decline has continued is uncertain and the study didn’t track infants to see if they became overweight or obese later on.

The report is in Tuesday’s edition of the journal Pediatrics.

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