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Low-Income Preschool Obesity

This indicator shows the percentage of children aged 2-4 living in households with an income less than 200% of the federal poverty level who are obese. For children aged 2-4 years, obesity is defined as BMI-for-age above 95th percentile.

Low-Income Preschool Obesity

13.9
16.1
Comparison: U.S. Counties 

16.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2009-2011

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Children's Health
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 2,714 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: December 2012
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Why is this important?

Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term health impacts. Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and are more likely than normal weight peers to be teased and stigmatized which can lead to poor self-esteem. Moreover, obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Finally, overweight and obese youth are more likely than normal weight peers to be overweight or obese adults and are therefore at risk for the associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past thirty years. Healthy eating and regular physical activity can lower the risk of becoming obese.

Low-Income Preschool Obesity : Time Series

2006-2008: 17.0 2007-2009: 17.2 2008-2010: 17.0 2009-2011: 16.8

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Low-Income Preschool Obesity

Comparison: Prior Value 

16.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2009-2011

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Children's Health
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: December 2012

Why is this important?

Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term health impacts. Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and are more likely than normal weight peers to be teased and stigmatized which can lead to poor self-esteem. Moreover, obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Finally, overweight and obese youth are more likely than normal weight peers to be overweight or obese adults and are therefore at risk for the associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past thirty years. Healthy eating and regular physical activity can lower the risk of becoming obese.

Low-Income Preschool Obesity : Time Series

2006-2008: 17.0 2007-2009: 17.2 2008-2010: 17.0 2009-2011: 16.8

percent

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