Health & Wellness
Overweight and obesity levels dipping in Alberta preschoolers, but severe obesity unchanged: U of A study
Researchers to examine factors driving obesity and what more can be done to help severely obese children.
The number of overweight and obese preschool-aged children is on the decline in Alberta, but severe obesity remains virtually unchanged, according to a new study.
Researchers examined data from more than 160,000 Alberta children between the ages of four and six from 2010 to 2017. They found the prevalence of overweight children decreased from 17.8 to 15.7 per cent over the eight-year period, while the number of obese children dropped from 4.7 to 4.2 per cent. At the same time, the rate of severely obese preschool children remained virtually static at 2.2 per cent.
“It is good news, but the fact that severe obesity has remained fixed is concerning,” said Padma Kaul, a professor of cardiology at the University of Alberta and senior author of the study.
“We need to figure out what's going on there because those are the kids who ...