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Kaiser report shows decline in childhood obesity in Southern California
Orange County Register

The number of Southern California children who are overweight or obese declined over five years, offering a hopeful sign that public health efforts are working, according to new research from Kaiser Permanente.

From 2008 to 2013, researchers at the HMO tracked the body mass index of 1.3 million members ages 2 to 19 using electronic medical records. The study found obesity rates dropped by 1.6 percent while the number of overweight children fell 2.2 percent.