In response to an article published by KJRH.com on February 26, Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, says that although the fight is nowhere near over, progress is being made in the battle against childhood obesity
BROOKLYN, NY / myprgenie.com / ACCESSWIRE / March 28, 2014 / Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, responds to an article published on February 26 by KJRH.com, which highlights the progress that has been made in the fight against childhood obesity and the work that still needs to be done.
According to an article published on February 26th by KJRH.com titled "National drop in number of obese toddlers, study says," toddler obesity has seen a sharp decrease in the past decade. Although this is promising, there is still a lot of work to be done in this battle to keep the nation's youth at a healthy weight.
A recent government study found that obesity among children ages 2 to 5 has seen a sharp decrease to 8 percent from 14 percent recorded a decade ago.
Over the years, obesity has become one of the nation's "leading public health problems" with some health experts even considering it a longstanding epidemic. Despite the progress that has been made at curbing this trend, a third of U.S. children and teens are still considered either obese or overweight.
Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric center, agrees saying that there is still work to be done; this data can serve as a glimmer of hope for the nation. "This study provides the best source of data concerning the childhood obesity epidemic that has plagued our nation that we have seen thus far," says Gabriel. "It's extremely promising to see that the rate of obesity amongst our country's youth has decreased, however we should not let this data lessen our efforts. It should be used as springboard of motivation to increase our efforts to battle obesity, if nothing else."
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SOURCE: Gabriel Pediatrics