OBESITY RATE FOR WV’S POOREST KIDS CLIMBING

West Virginia is one of only four states where the obesity rate among low-income children, those between the ages of two and four, is rising, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The state has near the highest obesity rate with adults.

In 2010, the obesity rate for the Mountain State kids enrolled in the federal nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children, also called WIC, was 14.4 percent.

In 2014, the number was 16.4 percent.

“That’s quite a huge jump in just four years,” said Albert Lang with the Trust for America’s Health.

The rate was high enough to put West Virginia at No. 9 nationally, up from No. 32 in 2010 in a study published this week in the Mobidity and Mortality Weekly Report.