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Martin Klimek, Jasper Colt, USA Today

Preschool children receiving government food assistance reach healthier body mass indexes, according to a study in the United States, which indicates a steady decline in obesity.

to around 14% in 2016. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 16% in 2010

Health experts welcomed results published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, following a trend Increasing Obesity in the Young All racial and ethnic groups report a statistically significant decrease in obesity, the study authors write. "It gives us more hope that this is a real change," said Heidi Blank, who leads the prevention of obesity in the CDC. Severe anxiety: When pre-school children gain weight too quickly their lifelong obesity risk

The results include children aged 2 to 4 years with vouchers for food and other services in the federal nutrition program for women, babies and children. About 20 percent of American children who have reached this age have received benefits in 2016.

Adding more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to the diet can have contributed to the decline, researchers said.

р. William Dietz, a former CDC obesity expert, called the change essential, although too many children in the United States are still overweight, he said. About 15% of children aged 2 to 5 years in the country are obese in 2015-2016, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which puts them at risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. What can parents do to fight child obesity, keep small children healthy

Heavy children often grow to become heavy Teens and Adults to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a priority, researchers say.

Dietz believed that the support program went from high fat to low-fat milk and the reduction in juice allowed for the reported decline in obesity. That's 9,000 less monthly calories per child, he said.

Contribution: Kim Painter, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

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