How common is childhood obesity?

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Even though data have shown that childhood obesity rates are declining, there is still a lot of work to be done. Nearly one in six children and teens in the U.S. are obese, including one in eight preschoolers. And more than one-third of children and teens in this country are considered either overweight or obese. Nevertheless, this is not as bad as the 69% of adults who are overweight or obese, but still not a good start.

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