Child obesity down, but rate still growing in some counties

November 9, 2011

There is good news and bad news in a new report on child obesity in California.

The good news is that overall, the rate of child obesity has leveled off and is declining.

The bad news is that the child obesity rate is still climbing in more than half of California’s counties. And the disparities among ethnic groups are as big as ever.

The study, by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, found that the percentage of overweight and obese children declined by 1.1 percent between 2005 and 2010.

Statewide, 38 percent of children are obese, with the highest percentages found in rural counties like Imperial, Colusa, Del Norte and Monterey. The lowest rate was in Marin County, but even there the rate has climbed by more than 5 percentage points since 2005.

Among racial and ethnic groups, 46.2 percent of Hispanic and Latino children were obese, compared to 29.3 percent of African Americans, 26.1 of whites and 23.9 percent of Asians.

To see the full study, go here.

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