Curbing the chubby trend?

Experts wary of report indicating sharp decline in childhood obesity rates

Obesity rates among America’s young children declined sharply between 2003-04 and 2011-12, according to a recently released federal report.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-olds dropped from 14 percent to 8 percent in that time period, according to USA Today. First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured), whose “Let’s Move” campaign has brought childhood obesity into the national spotlight, said in a statement that she’s “thrilled at the progress we’ve made over the last few years in obesity rates” and that “healthier habits are beginning to become the new norm.”

However, many health experts have cautioned that the report’s results are misleading. Of the 9,120 people surveyed, only 871 were 2 to 5 years old, and only about 70 were obese, meaning that a relatively small number of children impacted obesity rates.