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Low Obesity Rate Among MN Teens

October 25, 2018 08:15 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Good news and bad news about childhood obesity in Minnesota. Researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation studied national survey data from 2016 and 2017.

They found the obesity rate for Minnesota kids between the ages of 10 and 17 was 10.4%. It's one of the lowest rates in the country, but health experts say it's still too high.

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Dr. Francesca McCutcheon, a Pediatrician with Mayo Clinic Health System Austin, said parents and providers need to make conscious choices to offer kids healthier, high-nutrition, low-calorie food, and beverages as well as encouraging them to be more active.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the highest rate of weight gain among obese teens came when they were between 2 and 6-year-old.

The Nation's highest childhood obesity rate is in Mississippi at 26.1%.

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