I’m a bit conflicted on how to take the news. Yes, obesity may be leveling off, but there’s no talk about disaggregating the data to see how this may be impacting API communities. With rising rates of fast food consumption and diabetes, we’re left wondering if this report is fully representative of all communities in California.
On the plus side though, they mention that “increased access to parks and recreational resources can help protect against obesity in children,” which is exactly what APIOPA is working on. Read more about it here.
In California, more than one-third (38%) of fifth-, seventh-, and ninth-grade public school
students were overweight or obese in 2010. This number represents a 1.1 percent decrease in
the statewide prevalence of overweight and obesity from 2005, suggesting that the 30-year trend
of increasing childhood obesity rates may be leveling off. However, overweight and obesity continue
to be of major concern in the state, with more than half of California counties experiencing
increases in rates of overweight and obesity among youth between 2005 and 2010. Public policy
options that promote healthy eating and physical activity will continue to be critical to reducing
overweight and obesity among California’s youth.
Full article here: http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/files/PatchworkStudy.pdf