Childhood obesity rates consistent in recent years

Plateau means efforts headed in right direction

A new study finds that while childhood obesity rates may not be falling, but actually stalling.

The study looked at children from 1999 to 2014 and found that the prevalence of obesity in children has remained consistent in recent years.

While the numbers may not be decreasing, health officials say the plateau means they’re headed in the right direction.

“If we can continue to pull back on those trends and even try to reverse them, I think that it’s pointing towards success and that the things we are doing are working and as along as we continue to work at it I think that we do stand a chance of meeting the goals that we’ve set for reversing obesity trends,” said Gundersen Health System Registered Dietitian Jessica Lind.

Unfortunately the study also shows that while overweight and generally obese levels are plateauing, severe obesity is seeing a more alarming increase. Health officials say the best thing you can do is be a good role model for your kids and try to keep them as active as possible.