Teaming up to reverse childhood obesity has yielded promising results—including new data that shows rates among 2-4 year olds enrolled in the federal WIC program have declined in 31 states. But the work is far from over.
Over the course of three decades, obesity rates in the United States reached epidemic proportions. Rates rose rapidly among both children and adults. Medical costs associated with obesity and related diseases skyrocketed. In many cases, school districts did away with PE and recess, and unhealthy food was the norm in school cafeterias. The number of people who lacked access to affordable, healthy food in their neighborhood spiked.