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Finally, Some Optimism About Obesity

May 4, 2014
by EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL and ANDREW P. STEINMETZ
New York Times

But there do appear to be tentative signs that the obesity curve is flattening. A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report last year found that adult obesity rates remained level in every state except Arkansas. And despite the dueling studies on childhood obesity rates nationwide, the rates among children in some of America’s largest cities appear to be coming down. In places like Philadelphia, New York City and Los Angeles, rates are down 3 to 5 percent compared with a few years ago.

We can’t ease up now. Fully implementing calorie count provisions, requiring more explicit nutritional labeling and banning advertising of sugary sodas and other less nutritious foods to children would be good ways to keep up the momentum.

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