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Childhood obesity sees decline in 19 states
San Francisco Chronicle

After decades on the rise, obesity rates declined slightly among low-income preschoolers in California and 18 other states and U.S. territories between 2008 and 2011, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of low-income obese children ages 2 to 4 dipped from 17.3 percent to 16.8 percent in the state.

That percentage was still well above the 12 percent of preschoolers considered obese nationally. The study is only the latest to signify that California is making some progress in its efforts to combat childhood obesity, though that progress is certainly slow.