Obese preschoolers may slim down with Head Start, study says
CHICAGO, Illinois - Head Start programs have been shown to help poor children do better in school, but they may also help them fight obesity, a study suggests.
During a year of Head Start preschool, obese and overweight children were much more likely to slim down than comparison groups of kids.
The study involved almost 44,000 preschool-aged children in Michigan and the researchers acknowledge it has weaknesses. But they say the potential benefits are important because obesity is so hard to treat and affects low-income kids disproportionately.
The research was published online Monday in Pediatrics.