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Now that's in several major US cities -- all Philadelphia Los Angeles.
The percentage of obese children is falling -- not by much but it is falling after years of going off.
No -- putting an official reason on it's.
But I'm gonna say that the anti obesity advocates like Mimi Roth.
Have helped I don't always agree we've -- and a tactics but she is the founder of national action against obesity.
And she's witnessed today.
Before I let you do a victory lap let's define our terms yeah.
Obesity in children.
In new York city schools between the years 20072011.
Obesity drop five and a half percent okay how do we define obesity.
For children it's the children who -- roughly in the 95 percentile or above a compared to the other children and that definition has not shifted into the was you know cooking the numbers sent them under in this timeframe on that -- -- but that's been us.
So if you're in the top.
5% on of -- -- height you are obese and -- number in that top percent thought is falling in New York City Philadelphia and -- site from a got it right yeah.
From -- got a right that's it definitely what's your explanation why is this happening.
I think we're finally at the but I don't think it's time for mission accomplished senate dinner ticket on the but I think after seeing decades of rates that tripled.
That seeing a flattening and even a slight decline is so encouraging Stewart but and I think it -- -- -- why it's happening it's validation.
That when parents become informed that -- make different decisions about their children also.
When you look at those cities Philadelphia New York LA.
There's a multi facet concerted effort to make change in the environment kids rendering -- day home school.
Sports programs so they've removed a lot of the junk food.
They've removed a lot of the agents of obesity and diabetes from the children's environment and that has a profound impact.
You break this decline in obesity down by race or ethnicity.
As I've been done.
Well yes -- a to a certain extent we saw explain your greater decrease amongst the the whites children in New York however Philadelphia they saw the increase greater the -- treaty.
A -- of how did say that more a bigger decrease among children of color in Philadelphia so it's not an exact thing but you're seeing the needle.
Move and I think that's what's most important you know you know I think.
We started doing interviews I think.
67 years ago that it while you made a name yourself when you move to -- -- I think he moved from I love New Jersey right seven years as -- -- in New Jersey.
And you objected to your children being offered cupcakes at -- -- -- is at school.
Right that's how you got to our attention -- front.
-- what what did this is you know look my kids can have a -- -- during the weekend at a party.
But I don't want -- all day every day in school and that is the environment children are and they can't get away from somebody shoving -- -- -- -- in their face you sign up for sports.
Don't not to put him in school cupcakes it never ends you know I think safe and then.
I don't I've often -- a hard time -- I know I have.
But until let you do this victory lap because I think you've had an impact and I respect that neither off everybody they -- very -- do away with stuff.
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