The Chicago Department of Public Health announced today that childhood obesity among Chicago Public School kindergarteners "may" have dropped by five percentage points between 2003 and 2012.
But the fat kids crisis is far from over!
According to the Health Department, despite the decline, the kid's obesity levels are still above the national average for children their age. And the latest government figures don’t show any statistically significant improvements among older students who are measured at 6th and 9th grade.
While government-funded researchers are not able to explain why Chicago kids are heftier than their counterparts in other big cities, most agree that it was a result of "several converging factors."
“Obviously I’m really excited about seeing these numbers headed in the right direction,” said Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair. “But we’ve still got a lot of work to do.” Work that will take take a significant amount of taxpayer money, which means the size of government will grow in order to reduce the size of your kids.