Updated: 07/22/2014 9:23 PM
Created: 07/22/2014 8:12 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
A new analysis of childhood obesity data is providing some hope that families are turning around a troubling statistic.
Researchers found the percentage of kids considered obese has leveled off, after increasing steadily for more than a decade.
The rate of kids aged 2 to 18 with abdominal obesity, which is obesity measured by waist size, is still hovering at about 18 percent. The number was only seven percent in 1980.
Researchers from a handful of institutions, including the University of Minnesota, compared decades of numbers compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The new report was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.