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Obese preschoolers may slim down with Head Start, study says

1 year 9 months 1 week ago January 12, 2015 Jan 12, 2015 Monday, January 12 2015 January 12, 2015 1:08 AM in Health
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

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.

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