According to the CDC, one out of eight preschool students is considered obese. In this edition of Wellness, YNN's Katie Gibas explains a new study that shows the epidemic may be slowing.
"We're seeing now, more so than ever, an earlier onset of diabetes with children. We didn't really see this ever, unless they were Type 1," said Jessica DesRosiers, YMCA Senior Healthy Living Director. "But now we're seeing children develop Type 2 Diabetes, which is something we primary saw in adults. So to me, I think that's a large red flag that we're seeing nowadays."
A new study is giving hope that the childhood obesity epidemic might be slowing. It shows teenagers are starting to eat more vegetables and starting to exercise more.
"That's showing our youth a better role model. I think if our youth are seeing that maybe their older brother or sister are doing it, then it's probably more accepted. And that's probably something they want to get more engaged in. So I'm glad to see that they're not staying in that same lifestyle that they may have when they were younger, and that they're making changes," said DesRosiers.
The Center for Disease Control said the childhood obesity rate in New York State dropped from 14.6 percent to 14.3 percent between 2008 and 2011. That's the first decrease we've seen.
However, that's still the 16th highest among the states listed in the CDC report. That is exactly why community organizations like the YMCA are working to get kids more active and involve the whole family in healthier decisions.
"To involve the child in the food making process, whether you have them help you cut things up or toss the salad, set the table. If you make it a fun family activity and they're more engaged, they're more apt to take part in the whole activity and maybe eat that piece of broccoli. And making it more fun," said DesRosiers.
Experts remind parents to limit TV time and encourage at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.