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Study: NYC Beating Childhood Obesity Better Than LA

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A new study shows New York City is doing better than Los Angeles in the battle against childhood obesity, at least when it comes to low-income children.

From 2003 to 2011, obesity rates for poor children dropped in New York to around 16 percent. But they rose in Los Angeles and ended at about 20 percent.
The researchers focused on children ages 3 and 4 enrolled in a government program that provides food and other services to women and their young children called the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

The two major cities were selected for the study because they have the two largest populations of participants in the WIC program, and both cities have different environments and policies on obesity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study Thursday in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report journal.