Toddler Obesity Rate Drops in Iowa
State health officials are crowing over a new federal report that shows the obesity rate in one area of Iowa’s population is falling.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the obesity rate for low-income two- to four-year-olds in Iowa dropped from 15-point-one percent to 14-point-four percent between 2008 and 2011. Jill Lange, director of the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC , says it’s a drop of less than one-percent, but it’s a good start.
“We consider it a big deal because it’s actually going down,” Lange says. “We’ve spent so many years with the trends going up that just even this small decline is very great news for us and lets us know we’ve finally maybe turned that corner and are making some improvements in the obesity rate.”
Lange could not attribute the drop in the obesity rate to any one program, as she says there are a variety of efforts underway to get Iowans to exercise and eat healthier. As for the WIC program, she says some changes were implemented in 2009.