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Background: Obesity & PA, Child Care

Over past 35 yrs, the % of preschoolers who are obese (>95th%ile for BMI) has tripled, school-age ~quintupled1

Obesity linked to inadequate physical activity2-5

13 M children, 75% US 3-6yo in some form of child care

Many spend long hours in child care: Only opportunity for exercise may be in child care

Young children are completely dependent on their caregivers for opportunities to be active

1. Ogden CL, JAMA 2006. 2. Patrick K, et al  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004 ; 3. Robinson TN. Jama. 1999 4. Gortmaker SL et al  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. Sep 1999; 5.Epstein LH,  et al. Health Psychol. Mar 1995

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