A recent study has shown that Head Start may help preschoolers fight obesity.
Nearly 44,000 preschool aged children in Michigan were studied by researchers from the University of Michigan. The results showed that obese and overweight children in Head Start were more likely to slim down than preschoolers in comparison groups.
Approximately 19,000 of the children were enrolled in Head Start, which provides full day preschool, focuses on school readiness, physical activity, and healthy eating. Many of the Head Start programs give health and nutrition advice to families, and provide two daily meals to children. They were compared to children from Medicaid families and with children from wealthier families with private insurance.
16 percent of the children who entered Head Start were obese. After a year, nearly 11 percent of the formerly obese Head Start kids were at a nrmal weight. Among the other groups, 12 percent of the Medicaid children and 7 percent of the others entered obese, but after a year none of the Medicaid kids and less that 2 percent of the others were of normal weight.