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HEALTH OBESITY: This Chart Shows How Hard It Is to End Childhood Obesity

Michelle Obama announced her "Let's Move" campaign, an effort to fight childhood obesity by promoting healthier eating and physical activity among kids, five years ago Monday. But the most recent data show that driving down childhood obesity rates is proving to be an elusive goal.

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Dr. Barry Sears

I would be leery of the drop in obesity in early childhood because the data are self-reported.  Why it is hard to end childhood obesity is that much of it starts in the womb with fetal programming that alters the epigenetics of the fetus dramatically, increasing the likelihood of life-long metabolic dysfunction that increases the likelihood of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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