Obesity Rates in Children Decline 43 Percent in Ten Years

First Lady Michelle Obama credited for instrumental work in "Let's Move" campaign.
3:00 | 02/25/14

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And late today, we got some news that gave real hope in the fight against obesity in America. And it is led by children as young as 2 and old also 5. News that obesity in that group has plummeted 43% in ten years. So, what has made the difference? And how much credit goes to first lady Michelle Obama and her let's move campaign, which began four years ago today? Here's ABC's Linzie Janis. Reporter: Four years after first lady Michelle Obama launched her let's move initiative to get kids to eat right and exercise -- ♪ move your body ♪ Reporter: Tonight, that stunk headline. New government Numbers showing in 2004, 14% of 2 to 5-year-olds were obese. But by 2012, that number dropped to just 8%. The CDC is calling it the first significant degreece in the epidemic, and it is particularly important, since new evidence suggests that kids who are overweight at that age are more likely to be overweight as adults. Reporter: Experts point to a number of factors that may have contributed to the dramatic decline. Kids are consuming fewer sugary drinks. More moms are breastfeeding. They also credit the first lady with raising awareness. Lessons that may be starting to stick. Linzie Janis, ABC news, new York.

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