NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that childhood obesity rates in the city have declined over the past five years.
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The announcement comes following a study that was conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention which discovered that obesity rates between the 2006-2007 and 2010-2011 school years had dropped from 21.9 to 20.7 percent.
According to the report the 1.2 percent drop was the most significant change for a large city.
Thomas Farley, the city’s Health Commissioner pointed at the results of the study as proof that Mayor Bloomberg’s public health policies had been effective.
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“The ever rising tide of obesity is finally beginning to ebb,” he said.
Farley added that there was still work to be done, as children from Hispanic and low-income families did not experience a significant change.
Mayor Bloomberg also took the opportunity to announce the creation of a task force on obesity and a new policy that will require vending machines to be filled with healthy options.
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