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CDC: 1 in 7 low-income pre-schoolers are obese in Wisconsin

ATLANTA, GA (WTAQ) - About one-of-every-seven low-income pre-schoolers in Wisconsin were considered obese in 2011.

That’s according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which said the Badger State was among 20 that did not reduce its percentages of obese pre-schoolers since the last such survey in 2006.

Health officials say that if the trend continues, the new generation of children will have lower life expectancy rates than their parents.

The CDC report looked at kids age 2-to-4 in federal nutrition programs for the poor.

The government said 18 states improved their obesity rates for young kids since 2006.

A host of local and state initiatives were credited. Wisconsin has an early childhood health initiative as well.

Among other things, it seeks to improve the nutritional quality of kids’ snacks and meals – increase physical activity – and promote more breast-feeding of infants.

More information was expected after a CDC media briefing this afternoon.

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