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Study: More Than One-Quarter of Roseville Children Are Overweight

New UCLA research compares overweight and obesity rates among California cities.

New data shows childhood obesity persisting throughout the state, and presents troubling figures on the local level.

In Roseville, 26.4 percent of children are overweight or obese, according to a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

That's a higher rate than in nearby Rocklin (24 percent) but lower than in Sacramento (39.9 percent). The statewide figure is 38 percent.

Overweight and Obesity among Children by California City–2010 analyzes more than 250 California cities, finding “shocking discrepancies based on locale,” according to the report.

The cities studied showed a range from nearly 1 in 10 children being overweight or obese on the low end, to more than half of children falling into the category on the high end.

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the study used data from the California Department of Education’s 2010 Physical Fitness Tests to examine geographical variation in overweight and obesity among 5th, 7th, and 9th grade school children.

Policy recommendations urge state and local leaders to improve conditions in schools and communities to help make healthy lifestyle choices easier for children and their parents.

Suggestions include removing high-fat, high-sugar, high-calorie foods and beverages from school districts, opening school recreational facilities after hours for community use, and making streets and roadways more accessible for those who walk, bike and use wheelchairs.

To read the findings and policy recommendations, as well as see how all cities ranked, click here.

Do you think obesity is an issue in Roseville?

Katharina B Head June 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Though I do not have children in these age groups, I do live near a junior high bus stop and the kids walk by every day. Most of the girls are overweight. The only girl that is not is the one I also see on a regular basis walking her dog. These parents need to take heed and stop these unhealthy habits before it sets up a pattern for life.
Franklin June 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Years ago, my son was going to Roseville High School. We went to the Open House and the gym teacher was telling us that they had special gym classes for overweight teens. I thought it was a great idea. I thought they could do a whole nutrition/activity class which would ease those kids into getting into better shape. I don't know if they still do that or not with all the cuts, but I really thought it was great at the time.

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